Congress chief Rahul Gandhi joins TDP protest at Jantar Mantar

TDP breaks ties with BJP, pulls out of NDA

TDP breaks ties with BJP, pulls out of NDA

On Monday, TDP MP Dr Siva Prasad dressed up as Hindu god Krishna as his party was protesting against the Centre demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament. The entire street echoed with slogans - "Hodha Mana Hakku, Package tho Mosapovaddu" (no compromise on Special Category Status).

After Andhra Pradesh (AP), the centre might find itself facing heat from Telangana MPs in Parliament as well over issues similar to the ones that AP lawmakers have been protesting, including development funding and bifurcation promises. The Congress leader later tweeted that a united Opposition can force the Centre "to do justice to the people of Andhra [Pradesh]".

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu on Tuesday reiterated the demand for special economic measures to the state and further warned the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to "not play with Telugu people". "We are for special category status of Andhra", Gandhi said while sharing the stage with leaders from different parties.

After meeting party workers protesting for Andhra Pradesh's special category status, Rahul Gandhi addressed the gathering, emphasising support for their cause.

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He also ruled out granting tax incentives to industries as is being given to already existing special category states like north-east stats and Himalayan states.

The YSR Congress on the other hand is gunning for the TDP, alleging that the situation would not have arisen had the ruling party remained firm in the first place.

The TDP is leaving no stone unturned to embarrass the Modi government for giving Andhra Pradesh a raw deal in the Budget. A few placards also sported the quotes "Save Andhra Pradesh" and "Keep Your Promises". He said he had agreed to the special package offered in lieu of the promised SCS only as the Centre had stated it was not in a position to grant SCS due to technical reasons, but equivalent benefits would be given.

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