United opposition can force Modi on Andhra package: Rahul

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United opposition can force Modi on Andhra package: Rahul

The BJP leadership and the Centre have been making their best efforts to convince Naidu and his MPs that they would fulfil all the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act one after the other, except the special category status which is ruled out in the given circumstances.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid a surprise visit to a protest by MPs from Andhra Pradesh in New Delhi on Tuesday, backing the state's demand for a central government package.

"We are for special category status for Andhra Pradesh", Gandhi said at Jantar Mantar.

"We are for special category status of Andhra", Gandhi said. Interestingly, Naramalli Siva Prasad who had dressed up in different attires to stage unique protests earlier, dressed up as former Chief Minister N.T.Rama Rao on Tuesday.

Following protests and slogans by MPs of TDP and YSR Congress, the speakers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha repeatedly adjourned the Parliament sessions on Monday, while appealing to the members to raise the issue under appropriate sections for discussion. The opposition YSR Congress Party has announced that all its five MPs would resign on April 6 if the demand was not met.

Andhra Pradesh politicians are raising political heat among them, in name of self-esteem or self-respect, ' said the Ministry of Finance. The protesters claim that the bifurcation caused a huge revenue deficit for the successor Andhra Pradesh. The Congress chief's remarks come at a time when the ruling TDP has stepped up efforts for the special category status and disrupted House proceedings during the first half of the Budget session.

However, the talks did not yield any results, as the TDP leaders insisted that the Centre should grant special category status to AP.

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