Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy had concluded his two-day visit to the national capital, with a positive note. In the last two days, he spent time meeting the top leaders in the Central government starting from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, who were fully engaged in the Parliament session with the Kashmir bill on hand.
On the second day, Jaganmohan Reddy met Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, besides the chief election commissioner and the NITI Aayog vice-chairman. He batted for the special category status and other bifurcation benefits with every one he met in the last two days. While the Central government says a big no to the special category status, Jaganmohan Reddy and his MPs repeatedly make the demand, as it was on this promise that the YSR Congress was voted to power in the election. Getting special category status, among others, is one of the key promises that Jaganmohan Reddy went for the 2019 elections and won.
He raised the issue with the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the Finance Minister, the three key players in the government. He wanted them to grant the special category status to the State as promised at the time of bifurcation. However, there is no indication from the other side on this and it is to be seen what the YSR Congress and the chief minister would tell the people. Even in his meeting with vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, the chief minister had reportedly raised the issue and sought his intervention to get the bifurcation benefits. Venkaiah Naidu was the one who raised the issue of special category status to the State at the time of passing of the bifurcation bill and it was on this promise, the BJP had backed the bill in Rajya Sabha.
However, it is to be seen what Venkaiah Naidu would do on this count, when the three key players of the Central government are against the demand.