Anantapur:  PCC president and former minister N Raghuveera Reddy lashed out at the incompetence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for his failure to convince the Centre in granting special category status to the State. He said that the TDP government was indifferent to their demand of parading an all-party group before the Central government to press for the State’s cause. 

  • Congress leaders take part in relay fast
  • Express concern over meagre allocation for Polavaram Project
Participating in a relay hunger strike in the town demanding special category status on Monday along with former minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy and former PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana, Raghuveera said that the Central government should make it clear immediately whether it would accord special status to Andhra Pradesh or not. He accused the Central and State governments of being indifferent to the plight of the people.


The PCC chief was dismayed that the Centre washed its hands off the Polavaram project just by sanctioning Rs 100 crore when a total amount of Rs 16,000 crore was required for completing the project. How can they complete the project with such a meagre amount, he asked and added that it reflected on the incompetence of the Chief Minister. 

Congress leaders  (from left) Sailajanath, Botcha Satyanarayana, PCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy and Anam Ramanarayana Reddy taking part in relay fast in Anantapur on Monday

The PCC president said that the Congressmen would continue to wage struggle to get Rs 5 lakh crore sanctioned from the Centre. He alleged that both the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister have been doing immense harm to the State. Speaking to the media, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy criticised the Central government for showing a step-motherly treatment toward the State. He said that it was unfortunate that the Central government failed to honour the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act with regard to Andhra Pradesh. 


The NDA government did not make any budgetary allocations to the State, he lamented and wondered as to why the TDP government was reluctant to lead an all-party delegation to New Delhi to press the demand for special category status. Botcha Satyanarayana warned that the district would not get a single drop of water if the Pattiseema project was completed. He said that Rayalaseema would get water only if the Polavaram project was completed. He accused Chandrababu Naidu of enacting political dramas and misleading the people. 


Former Minister S Sailajanath, former MLA Sudhakar and several Congress party leaders were present. Meanwhile in Kadapa, Congress leaders launched a relay hunger strike in front of the Collectorate here on Monday demanding that the BJP-led NDA government implement all the provisions incorporated in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. Former Minister Syed Ahmedullah, who also took part in hunger strike, alleged that the Central government was not implementing the assurances given at the time of passing the the AP Reorganisation bill.


Ahmedullah pointed out that the Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu during the debate on the bill insisted on the then Union government promising special category status for the State. Though the then Union government incorporated all the provisions for special status to the State in the Act, Naidu, who is now the Union Minister, had deviated from his earlier stand, he said.