AP Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had raised the crucial issues connected to the Special Category Status (SCS) promise given to the State at the time of bifurcation. He addressed the general council meeting of the NITI Aayog in Delhi on Saturday, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief ministers of all the States and Governors were present.
The core issue that Jaganmohan Reddy spoke was all about the SCS and the justification for the demand. He said that the State was bifurcated against the wishes of majority of the people and as a precondition the SCS was promised right on the floor of Rajya Sabha by the Prime Minister himself. The country or the successive governments are thus bound to implement the promise made in Parliament by a prime minister or else the people would lose faith in the Parliament. The other reason that the AP chief minister gave was that no state in the country was bifurcated with the new state walking away with the capital and the residuary state having no capital. Thus AP has the right to claim for what was promised.
There are other reasons, like the Central Cabinet passing a resolution granting the SCS to the State and the resolution was sent to the Planning Commission, which was replaced by NITI Aayog nearly after six months. Thus the AP has the right to stake claim, he said. He further added that there are no industries in the State to provide employment to the youth. The State also has to build its own capital which has to compete with Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai, the neighbouring cities. In the south, AP is the only state that has no capital and surrounded by metropolitan cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had promised the SCS to the State in its 2014 election manifesto and thus the BJP should implement its poll promise. The prime minister, as candidate in 2014, had also promised to give the SCS to the State during his election meeting at Tirupathi and other places in Andhra Pradesh in 2014 and thus the Prime Minister has the responsibility to fulfil his promise.
Jaganmohan Reddy had made his arguments clearly and did not mince words. The Central government, the ruling party and the Prime Minister are thus bound to give the SCS to the State constitutionally, politically and personally. Will the government, the BJP and the Prime Minister fulfil their promise or betray the people is the question to be answered by them.