Rahul wants parties to unite on AP special status issue

Rahul Gandhi says Andhra Pradesh's special status demand is justified urges support from all parties

Rahul Gandhi says Congress supports Andhra demand for special status, asks all parties to unite

D Raja, National Secretary of CPI and senior Rajya Sabha member, demanded Special package for Andhra Pradesh by adding that 'the promise made by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the upper house should be rightfully implemented by the current government.' Leaders from Telangana - MP Kavitha (TRS) and Renuka Choudary (Congress)- also expressed their support for the demands of Andhra parliament members.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday called upon all political parties to unite over the issue of granting special status to Andhra Pradesh. "It's time for all parties to unite on this issue and support this call for justice", Gandhi said in a tweet.

"The state must harness the talent, entrepreneurial genius and technological prowess of its citizens to 'Make Andhra Great Again!' This is the vision people expect from its leadership".

The TDP had been at loggerheads with the Centre over the allocations of funds to AP in the Union Budget. "Stop this", he said and suggested that the TDP should resolve the matter through a dialogue with the Finance Minister.

As the tensions between the government of Andhra Pradesh and the Central government remain prevalent, the Centre has released a sum of Rs 1,269 crore to the state in a clear bid to appease the aggravated Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its leaders.

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"It's only under PM Narendra Modi the kind of support that Andhra Pradesh deserves, has been given".

Hari Babu said that the BJP is fully committed to Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and it is honest to implement it. The party also maintained that it will launch protest if its demands are not fulfilled.

MPs on Friday protested near Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament voicing their disappointment with the Union Budget.

He said that many works related to the state's development were "at a very advanced stage" and that various central ministries have been asked to look into and take "early decisions" related to various demands of the state.

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