DYFI, SFI activists stage novel protest demanding Special Status
Leaders of DYFI and SFI staged a novel protest demanding Special Category Status (SCS) to the State in Tirupati on Tuesday. The students took part in the protest in graduation ceremony attire and prepared Pakodis. They named them after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Tirupati: Leaders of DYFI and SFI staged a novel protest demanding Special Category Status (SCS) to the State in Tirupati on Tuesday. The students took part in the protest in graduation ceremony attire and prepared Pakodis. They named them after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Then they prepared Bajjis and named them after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. They were on the job for almost one hour in front of the Tirupati Municipal Corporation office and later distributed them to the local people. They said it would be difficult for youth to get job opportunities in Andhra Pradesh if the Centre failed to sanction SCS to the State.
The activists of DYFI and SFI raised slogans ‘SCS is the right of Andhra people’ and in support of special package for backward areas. Farmers Association Chittoor district president K Kumar Reddy criticised the Central government for not giving SCS to AP and special package to the backward districts in the State even after four years.
DYFI district secretary S Jayachandra and SFI district secretary Madhava Krishna said that the NDA government was not caring to implement assurances made in the AP Reorganisation Act though they are statutory promises.
Without SCS, the residuary State of AP will find it difficult to get industries and unemployed youth have to go to other States in search of jobs, they said.
They also pointed out that the Centre was supposed to release Rs 16,078 crore for the 11 national educational institutions sanctioned to AP, but so far it has released only Rs 421.07 crore.
They also said the BJP-led NDA government released only Rs 970 crore out of Rs 58,000 crore for Polavaram Project. They regretted that the Centre was causing severe injustice to Andhra Pradesh and stressed the need for all parties and people to launch a united fight.
They criticised Chandrababu Naidu stating that he had mortgaged the self-respect of Andhra people in New Delhi. DYFI leaders Suman, Narendra, Jayakumar, SFI leaders Sridhar, Nagaraju, Muneendra, Anil, Sai Teja, AIDWA district secretary P Sai Lakshmi and KVPS district secretary Sreenivasulu took part in protest.