Guntur: CPI state secretary K Ramakrishna has demanded that the state government take an all-party delegation to New Delhi to press the Centre to grant special category status ( SCS ) to Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing a round-table meeting here on Thursday, Ramakrishna criticised chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy for not being able to exert pressure on the Centre despite winning 22 Lok Sabha seats from the state. “Jagan promised to achieve SCS had people given him 25 Lok Sabha seats. People trusted him and handed him 22 seats. He has thoroughly disappointed the people in the last nine months,” said Ramakrishna.
The constitution of an all-party delegation, he said, would help put pressure on the BJP as all parties at the national level, except BJP, were in favour of granting SCS to AP.
Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader and vice-president of Pratyeka Hoda Atma Gaurava Porata Committee, Dr Seva Kumar, said people would lose trust in the democratic system if the Centre did not honour promises made in Parliament. He said Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu had demanded granting SCS for 10 years while former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to give SCS to AP for five years.
Seva Kumar said they would chalk out a plan to intensify the agitation for SCS.