YSR Congress chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy moved one step forward in the State politics by sticking to his guns on special category status (SCS) to the State. Amidst of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s ally-Jana Sena chief forming a fact finding committee to fight for the state issues, Jagan Mohan Reddy held a meeting with his party MPs in Nellore district where he reiterated his commitment for SCS demand.
The party had decided to hold State wide protests at all the offices of the district Collectors on March 1 and hold a day long protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on March 5. The party MLAs, MLCs and MPs would hold the protest in Delhi. They would go to Delhi in a group that would start on March 3 in the presence of Jagan Mohan Reddy in Nellore district.
The YSR Congress MPs would also intensify the agitation for the SCS in the Parliament which is scheduled to commence on March 5. It was decided to expose Chandrababu Naidu for his failures to get the SCS and his compromise with the BJP in the last four years. Jagan Mohan Reddy had directed his party leaders to tell people how Chandrababu Naidu who made the Assembly pass resolutions twice in favour of SCS had finally given up the demand and settled for special package that was announced by the BJP. He had also asked his party men to remind people of the programmes that the YSR Congress had organised in the last three years for SCS, including its earlier dharna in Delhi and Yuva Bheri meetings with students.
While continuing their protest in both Houses of Parliament from March 5, the YSR Congress MPs would also expose the double games of the TDP, which had given up the SCS demand earlier and now raising the issues of the State. The YSR Congress MPs would corner the TDP for continuing in power at the Centre on one side and holding protests on the other. “Expose the double games of the TDP. If they are serious for the benefit of the State, they should explain to the people why they have given up the demand for the SCS and compromised for the package. If they are committed to the cause of the State, they should tell people why are they still continuing in the Central Cabinet?,” is what Jagan Mohan Reddy had told his MPs to ask the TDP and tell the people.
Given the issues discussed at the Nellore meeting, the MPs from the YSR Congress are set to expose the TDP in Parliament, besides holding protests for the State concerns. The ruling TDP, with the media support that it enjoys, has been pointing an accusing finger at Jagan Mohan Reddy for the raw deal that the State received in the Central budget. The ruling TDP leaders, who are in the Union Cabinet, are shifting the blame on the Opposition for its failures and Jagan Mohan Reddy wants his MPs to expose this double game.
It is now set to be a war between the TDP and the YSR Congress in Parliament, not just for the State issues, but also for drawing the attention of the people.