In a no-stone-unturned move, the Opposition YSR Congress had made Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo, Chandrababu Naidu, responsible for the denial of the special category status to the State by the Central government. The party at its ‘Vanchana Pai Garjana’ meeting organised in Guntur squarely held the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu responsible for the Central government dropping the SCS and coming up with the special package.
The YSR Congress leaders questioned Chandrababu Naidu for welcoming the special package while giving up the State’s right for the SCS. The leaders said that the TDP chief was now shedding crocodile tears on the SCS only due to fear of losing power in the 2019 elections.
Wearing black shirts, YSRC MLAs and other leaders participated in the protest against the Telugu Desam regime’s failure to get Special Category Status for the State. They also flayed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for non-implementation of AP Reorganisation Act.
MLC Ummareddy Venkateswarlu and senior YSRC leader Botsa Satyanarayana alleged that the TDP and the Bharatiya Janata Party have come to power in the State and at the Centre by making false promises to people. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to implement their poll promises even after four years of their reign. They blamed Naidu for denial of SCS to the State as he accepted special package in lieu of special status. Later, Naidu took a U-turn on the issue for political mileage, the YSRC leaders said.
Former MPs Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and YV Subba Reddy, MLAs A Ramakrishna Reddy, R Pratap Kumar Reddy and G Srinivas Reddy, YSRC leaders Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, Bhumana Karunakar Reddy and others also criticised Chandrababu Naidu for mortgaging the State interests for his political gains.