Special status: Andhra CM asks for suggestion in all-party meet; BJP, YSR Congress abstain

TDP left NDA on the issue of special status for Andhra.

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Special status: Andhra CM asks for suggestion in all-party meet; BJP, YSR Congress abstain
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said that the all-party meeting was convened in order to take everyone's suggestion and decide how to go forward with the state's demand for 'Special Category Status' in the Parliament.

At the all-party meeting called by him, Naidu said, "The meeting is convened as emergency to take everyone's suggestions and decide how to go forward in Parliament. We have invited organisations that fought for the state during bifurcation and the ones fighting now." However, three parties- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and the Jan Sena party- did not attend the meeting held at the state assembly, the TDP chief noted.

"We've been hoping each day that discussion on no-confidence motion will take place. Almost all parties across the country endorse discussion on our issues in Parliament, the state government hopes for a discussion on centre?s attitude towards important issues of Andhra Pradesh," he added.  On March 16, the ruling TDP reached a deadlock with BJP over the issue of granting 'special category status' to the state, and ultimately quit the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition. 

YSR Congress on Monday said its MPs would resign whenever the budget session of Parliament was adjourned sine die without the Centre accepting its demand for granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in Guntur district, YSRC Parliamentary Party leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy told reporters.  Our president has directed us to submit the resignations immediately after the Parliament is adjourned sine die (without conceding the party's demand), whenever it would be and we need not wait for the April 6 deadline as specified earlier," he said.

Jaganmohan Reddy, whose party has nine MPs, had already announced last month that his party parliamentarians would quit on April 6, at the end of the budget session, if the special category status was not granted.

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