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Rahul Gandhi accuses Chandrababu & Jaganmohan Reddy of surrendering to Modi
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi accused that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and leader of opposition in the State YS Jaganmohan Reddy have surrendered to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that's why they are failing to put pressure on the Modi regime with regards to according Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.

Addressing a well-attended first-ever public show named "Pratyeka Hoda Bharosa Sabha" (Meet to assure Special Status), after its three-year long political hibernation since its worst-ever drubbing in the 2014 general election, where the party failed to get even a single seat in the state, he wondered that what was the special package offered to Naidu and Jagan in exchange for their compromise.

For example, he reminded that UPA Government had promised in the bifurcation act that the Centre will takes up the construction of Polavarm project. But, he wondered that now Chandrababu Naidu has taken up its construction as he may not get commissions if the Centre takes up the same task. Is this was the package he is getting to compromise on special status, Rahul asked.

Asserting that special category status is not a gift to be given by someone, after all, it is the legitimate right of Andhra people, Rahul said that if Chandrababu Naidu is ready to fight for this right all the opposition parties will be with him. He asked them to vote against the BJP's Presidential candidate as a befitting lesson for its U-turn on the special status, if they had any concern for their home state.

He alleged that Naidu and Jagan were afraid of Modi for inexplicable reasons and that they had failed to get AP's due from the Centre. Expressing confidence that they will throw out the NDA regime from power at the Centre with the support of like-minded parties in 2019 general election, he promised that one of the first tasks of the new government would be to accord special status to AP.

At the Guntur rally, Rahul Gandhi vowed to fight it out with the NDA government till he achieved the special status for the state. He sought to turn the special category status, viewed as a deadwood and closed chapter by the ruling NDA, into a national issue by roping in leaders from non-NDA parties such as Samaj Party's Akhilesh Yadav, Janata Dal's Sharad Yadav, DMK's TKS Elangovan and S Sudhakar Reddy of the CPI.

Recalling that as Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had given assurance in the Parliament to accord special status to AP and as a prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has assured to provide such status for a period of ten years at Tirumala shrine. But he wondered how the present government had failed to deliver such promise.

Also coming out heavily against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader asked him to tell how he is working for the development of Andhra Pradesh. He accused that having promised to provide employment to three crore young people in the country, Prime Minister had even failed to provide jobs to 1 lakh people during last three years.

Expressing happiness to the warm reception accorded to him by Andhra people, Akhilesh Yadav said his party will join the fight for the people of the state till it gets special status. "It is fine if the Centre gives special package. Modi should give such package to backward states like AP and UP. But it should not miss its own promise of special status", he added.

Sharad Yadav wondered over Jaganmohan Reddy's support to NDA's Presidential candidate. He warned the young leader not to fall into the trap of Modi, who would see his political end.

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