Hyderabad: YSR Congress Party on Wednesday voted in favor of a resolution by the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the state Legislative Assembly seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh.Extending his support for the resolution mooted by the chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Opposition Leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy demanded a stipulated time-frame for the implementation of various assurances given in the AP Re-organization Act.
"Though we have doubts on the sincerity of the ruling party on its efforts to get the special status, we support the resolution in the interests of the state," YS Jagan said and remarked that Chandrababu has been prolonging the issue only because of his political alliance with BJP. He recalled that a similar resolution was made in the House some two years ago, but no result could be achieved so far. "Why don't you give an ultimatum to the Centre to implement all the assurances given in the bifurcation act?" he questioned the CM.
YS Jagan said Chandrababu is crying foul on Centre's apathy here, but when he visits Delhi he is pouring praises on them.
Chandrababu moved the resolution seeking the Centre to implement the 16 promises made by the Congress government while bifurcating the state. Besides special status, the resolution includes demand for tax exemption for industries, release of funds for the completion of Polavaram project by 2019, financial support for the construction of Amaravati, special package for Rayalaseema and three northern Andhra districts, etc.
With the support of YSRCP, the resolution was adopted by the House unanimously.