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The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has decided to launch an agitation across the State to get the benefits promised to the State in the bifurcation Act. The first meeting of the APCC executive committee which was held here on Saturday resolved to mobilise people in all 13 districts and also mount pressure on the State and Central governments to speed up the process of converting the promises into reality.

To take up a massive signature campaign from Feb 6

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has decided to launch an agitation across the State to get the benefits promised to the State in the bifurcation Act. The first meeting of the APCC executive committee which was held here on Saturday resolved to mobilise people in all 13 districts and also mount pressure on the State and Central governments to speed up the process of converting the promises into reality.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, the APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy said the party would also launch a signature campaign seeking the Central government to extend the benefits promised to the State at the time of bifurcation. The signature campaign would start at Polavaram on February 6 and would conclude on February 20, he said and added that the party intended to collect one crore signatures from the people in the State.

The signatures would be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha Mallikharjuna Kharge, he added. He said the AP Reorganisation Act-2014 had promised development of three international airports, 14 ports including Dugarajapatnam, Polavaram Project, 14 Central government institutions, Handri-Neeva and Galeru-Nagari irrigation projects for Rayalaseema, reimbursing the revenue deficit for the first financial year and funding the State capital. All these promises were included in the Act, he said.

He further added that the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had promised five years special category status for the State, special packages for four districts of Rayalaseema and three districts of Uttarandhra and tax relaxation for industries. He recalled that the BJP had asked for 10 years special category status and had agreed with all promises made by the Prime Minister.

He said that the BJP had also claimed all these promises to its credit and wondered how the same leaders were speaking different language to deny special category status, funds and other benefits to the State. Raghuveera Reddy said the Congress would sensitise people on the backtracking and betrayal of the BJP leadership.

He further said the Congress would also expose the silence being maintained by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in getting the promises fulfilled by the Central government. The APCC president said the party would take up membership drive from March to July and strengthen the party.

He said the executive committee meeting also resolved to conduct organisational elections from the grassroots to the district level during February-March. He said that the party in-charge leaders would monitor the elections. The party would also hold a three-day meeting to chalk out action plan to build peoples’ movement in the State against the failures of the TDP government in the State and the BJP government at the Center.

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