After the State was bifurcated in 2014, the Andhra Pradesh Assembly had discussed and passed resolutions relating to bifurcation for half a dozen times.
The Assembly session which was held for twice in Hyderabad passed resolutions seeking special category status to the State. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu gave lengthy speeches on both occasions emphasising the need for the state to have the special category status. This all happened between June 2014 and March 2015.
Then the Central government changed the stand and offered special package to the State and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the package in September 2015. Following this the Assembly once again passed a resolution thanking the special package announced. Chandrababu Naidu had gone to the national capital in the same month and felicitated the Finance Minister for the package.
Two years have gone after the package was announced and there was no mention of any funds for the State which led to the break-up of alliance between the TDP and the BJP. In March, during the budget session, the Assembly passed a resolution asking the Central government to grant special category status as the package was not given yet and the people were not accepting the package. Again on April 6, the Chief Minister led the Assembly to pass another resolution seeking the special category status as promised at the time of the bifurcation.
But, this time, Chandrababu Naidu led the Assembly to condemn the indifferent attitude of the Modi government towards the State and called it a betrayal. Besides seeking the special category status, the Chief Minister took the floor of the Assembly to attack the Prime Minister, while the four BJP MLAs watched the developments in absolute silence.
With only the TDP MLAs present and the BJP MLAs silent, as the YSR Congress continued to boycott the sessions, Chandrababu Naidu led the Assembly like the TDLP meeting. The Assembly had screened the video clips of Narendra Modi promising help to the State as the Prime Minister candidate in 2014 elections and later as Prime Minister in 2015 while laying foundation stone for Amaravati. This could never happen where an Assembly screens the Prime Minister’s speeches to criticise him.
Chandrababu Naidu, thus made the AP Assembly to pass resolutions for Special Category status four times and in favour of the special package once in the last four years. There is a monsoon session likely to be held in June-July this year and Chandrababu Naidu would by all means make the Assembly pass another resolution to condemn Modi and demand special category status.