The MPs from Andhra Pradesh have renewed their demand for granting of special category status to the State at the all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Delhi, ahead of the Parliament session. While the Prime Minister wanted all the parties to work together as a team to empower the nation, the parties have come up with their own issues. The Congress wanted early elections in Punjab, discussion on agriculture crisis in the country and other related issues.
YSR Parliamentary Party leader and Rajya Sabha member, V Vijayasai Reddy, asked the Prime Minister to fulfil his promise of giving special category status to Andhra Pradesh. When his turn came at the all party meeting, Vijayasai Reddy had reminded the Prime Minister of his promise and the commitment of the government to AP on giving special category status. He recalled that the YSR Congress had been fighting for this issue from the beginning and would continue the fight. However, he wanted the Prime Minister to give SCS and fulfil his promise, besides honouring the Parliament where the promise was made.
Vijayasai Reddy said that they have also requested the Prime Minister to amend Schedule IX of the constitution giving additional reservation quota for the BCs, a promise that many political parties have made, including the YSR Congress and several BC sub-castes have been fighting for across the country. He also reminded that the women reservation bill too is to be tabled in this Parliament.
Meanwhile, the TDP also renewed the demand for the SCS but left the issue to be led by the YSR Congress. TD Parliamentary Party leader Galla Jayadev told media persons that the TDP would continue its fight for the SCS. However, since the YSR Congress has 22 MPs in Lok Sabha and it is in power in the State, the YSR Congress should lead the agitation till the SCS is given.