Chandrababu Naidu slams Centre over denial of Special Status to Andhra

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Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu in Delhi. YSR Congress is there.

At a press conference later in the evening, Naidu made a powerpoint presentation to journalists on the unfulfilled promises and played out three videos of Prime Minister Modi seen promising a special category status and sufficient funds to build a new capital of Andhra Pradesh that would be bigger than Delhi.

A senior TDP leader from Andhra Pradesh, who was not willing to be identified, said that Naidu is likely to meet All India Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, among other opposition leaders. "We have been punished.we are wounded", Naidu said. "Not long ago Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh were together in the Madras presidency", he added. I need support ... today my agenda is very clear, implementation of the bifurcation act, but the NDA government has failed miserably. The motion is supported by 80-odd MPs, Opposition has claimed, but has not been taken up by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, citing repeated disruptions and sloganeering.

Naidu is meeting opposition leaders to drum up support on pressuring the Centre to give a special category status to Andhra.

"We are only asking for justice for the state".

He said the people of Andhra Pradesh believed that the Naidu-Modi combo will solve the problems of the State. We never attack any region or people.

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After the Samajwadi Party candidates, with the help from Mayawati's BSP beat the Bhartiya Janata Party nominees in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh by-poll elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur constituency seats, there has been a leash of fresh hope for leaders of regional parties to form a third front.

On March 16, in a significant move, the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP pulled itself out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

He termed Naidu's allegations as politically motivated.

No immediate details were available about what transpired between the two leaders in the meeting here.

Sources said that though Mr Naidu blamed the BJP and Congress equally for financial woes of Andhra Pradesh, a channel of communication has been opened by the TDP with the Congress for a possible alliance in neighbouring Telangana where the TDP still has a sizeable vote bank of 15-20 per cent and the Congress is the chief Opposition to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti.

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