In yet another move, the Congress had taken up the special category status demand of Andhra Pradesh on its 2019 election issues. The Central Working Committee of the Congress which met in New Delhi the other day, had agreed to include or rather give top priority to the SCS demand of AP in its next election campaign and the party manifesto.
Attended by Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh, the CWC discussed about the AP issues, though Rahul Gandhi did not make any direct reference to it during the recent debate in Lok Sabha on the no confidence motion against the NDA government. Rahul Gandhi had just addressed Telugu Desam Party MP Jayadev Galla that AP alone is not the victim of this government and there are many. This indirect reference did not satisfy the people, who are fighting for the same across the State for the past four years.
Now, at the CWC meeting, the Congress realised that it would be able to face the voters in Andhra Pradesh only if it speaks for their issue, particularly the special category status. Though there were demands from other States at the CWC meeting, the Congress leadership had finally zeroed in on limiting the demand for Andhra Pradesh alone.
The Congress had earlier adopted the SCS demand at its recent plenary and Rahul Gandhi had made it clear that SCS to AP would be part of his first signatures to the nation as Prime Minister if voted to power. Now, the reassertion at the CWC meeting in the very presence of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh would give some edge to the Congress in Andhra Pradesh, as the leaders go to the people with Oommen Chandy as the new AICC general secretary.
But there are rumours that the Congress is looking forward to an electoral understanding with the TDP in Andhra Pradesh in the next elections. It is said that the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu too is in favour of helping the Congress to weaken the YSR Congress. It is a clear fact that the increase of vote share for the Congress in the State would mean a fall in the vote base of the YSR Congress.
Chandrababu Naidu wants the Congress to split considerable vote share of the YSR Congress so that the TDP would have better chances of victory in the elections. It is to be seen how the Congress plans its next electioneering helping the TDP and eating into the votes of the YSR Congress.