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PM Went Back On Promise On Special Category Status: A.P. CM

A video clip was played purportedly showing Modi making the assurance on SCS in his speech.

Tirupati (AP), Apr 30 

Asserting that special category status (SCS) was the right of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gone back on his assurance made at an election meeting here in 2014 to grant the same.

1. Addressing a huge rally of ruling TDP, christened “Dharma Poraatam” (fight for justice) here, he said Modi as then BJP Prime Ministerial candidate had publicly made promises, including granting of SCS, at the meeting four years ago.

2. At the rally, a video clip was played purportedly showing Modi making the assurance on SCS in his speech delivered in Hindi and translated into Telugu by then senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu, now the Vice-President.

3. The Chief Minister said that at the election campaign meeting in this “most sacred” city of Tirupati, Modi had promised to offer SCS, a beautiful capital city and other infrastructure to Andhra if the NDA was voted to power.

4. He demanded that the Prime Minister clarify whether or not he made the promise.

5. The rally today was organised to remind Modi of his promise and to register the voice of Andhra Pradesh against the rejection of SCS, Naidu, who recently snapped ties with the BJP-led NDA, said.

6. “Special category status is the right of residual Andhra Pradesh as it was Constitutionally offered when the state was bifurcated,” he said.

7. “I have visited New Delhi 29 times to convince the Modi- led NDA regime for the grant of SCS but to no avail,” the Chief Minister said asserting that he would continue his fight till justice was done to the state.

8. He also accused the BJP and YSR Congress of joining hands and hatching political conspiracies against him and the TDP.

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