The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) organised 'Vanchana Pai Garjana' (betrayal) protest at Jantatr Mantar, New Delhi, on Thursday to push for special status for Andhra Pradesh. Accusing both the Central and state governments of an 'indifferent' attitude, the YSCRCP said there will be no compromise until public interests are fulfilled.
All former Members of Parliament (MPs), Legislators, party's Regional Coordinators, District Presidents, Coordinators of Assembly and Parliament Constituencies joined the protest sporting black badges and black shirts. They said that Telugu Desam Party (TDP), joined with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and hoodwinked the people of Andhra Pradesh, without giving Special Category Status (SCS).
Former MP Vijaya Sai Reddy came down heavily on Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu for his utter failure to implement various promises made during 2014 polls.
"Though four years have passed, Naidu never bothered to implement the promises, this was nothing but betrayal (Vanchana). Chandra Babu Naidu is not bothered about SCS till date and has settled for Special Package. YSRCP is the only party which is fighting for SCS both in State and Center. We have given a call to all parties and people to come forward and unitedly protest against the TDP-led Government for their utter failure in granting Special Category Status," Reddy said while speaking during the protest.
Former MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy cautioned the people of Andhra Pradesh against getting lured by Chandrababu's promises once again. He reminded the huge gathering that Chandrababu was synonymous with drought and scarcity. In contrast, Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy's tenure was marked by abundance and fertility, he added.
"Chandrababu was driven purely by an insatiable thirst for power fueled by a hunger for amassing wealth by looting the state exchequer," he said.
The YSRCP has held many protests over the years seeking Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh. Apart from moving No Confidence Motion against NDA Government, five party MPs had submitted resignations.