Santharavuru (Prakasam Dist), Mar 8 (UNI) Dubbing the Delhi developments vis-?-vis Special Category Status (SCS), as a ‘victory of people’ and the strong sentiment public opinion created by the Party, YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has reiterated that their stand has been vindicated and at least now TDP should join them in moving the no trust vote against the BJP-led NDA government in Parliament on March 21 and in quitting en masse to send a strong signal to the Centre.
‘We have been telling since long that the Centre has been trying to water down the SCS issue while Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was all the time supportive of BJP and was singing its tune telling that the status was not a ‘wonder drug’ and suddenly in the election year, he realised his foolhardiness and decides to pull out as if what Union Finance Minister stated the other day was something revealing while it was the same thing what he said earlier to which the Chief Minster had congratulated him.
It is time now to mount pressure on the Centre and we are ready to move the no trust vote on March 21 and TDP should support us or we are prepared to support TDP if it decides to move the no confidence motion but what is needed is a united fight to achieve the goal,’ he told reporters here on Thursday.
On April 6, if the Centre does not review its decision on SCS, if TDP MPs join us and all the 25 MPs from the state resigns en masse, it will send a strong message and gives scope for a national debate and the possibility of things moving at a faster pace looks firm, he said.
‘Chandrababu Naidu’s decision on the SCS at this juncture seems to be like staking claim when the result was a foregone conclusion. We have been putting forward the argument for SCS for the past four years and held dharnas and agitations in various forms at multiple venues and Chief Minister has tried to foil every protest programme of ours.
He used police force to foil our bandh calls, threatened students with foisting cases and held our leaders under arrest on numerous occasions and had even went to the extent of telling that SCS was not a wonder drug and we should settle for special package.
The 14th Finance Commission was brought into the picture though it had no role to play in the entire episode. The UPA cabinet meeting had decided to accord SCS and it was not honoured by the successive NDA government.
Mr Reddy said, on the earlier occasion, Mr Naidu held a press meet late in the night and congratulated him while now he has been expressing dissent which shows his double standards, he said.
When asked if YSRCP would join the proposed new Front, he said we will support anyone who gives us SCS and there are no doubts about it.