Andhra Pradesh: CPI(M) to launch agitation for special category status for Andhra Pradesh

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has expressed dismay at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to announce special category status for Andhra Pradesh at the Bhimavaram town hall meeting on Monday and for not doing anything worthwhile for the state after the bifurcation in 2014.

Participating in the party’s padayatra and ‘jeep yatra’ in Anantapur on Monday, Mr Srinivasa Rao said the people of the state were discouraged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they expected him to make a big announcement. “If the Prime Minister does not announce the Special Category Status (SCS), the BJP cannot dream of winning even a single seat in the State Assembly,” said the leader of the ICC(M).

“We will start an agitation to get SCS because YSRCP and TDP are not doing anything in this direction despite their big promises to voters in the 2014 and 2019 elections,” Mr Srinivasa Rao said. Both parties will be taught a lesson in the upcoming elections if they fail to secure enough funds for state development, and will suffer the same fate as the BJP, he said.

The leader of CPI(M) questioned why the two major political parties in the state remained silent when there was a severe financial crisis in the state. “Prime Minister Modi had promised special funding for backward regions, completion of Polavaram project and establishment of central institutions. However, nothing has materialized so far but Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Opposition Leader N. Chandrababu Naidu have never spoken about it,” he alleged.

Meanwhile, a group of 250 people from Illuru village in Garladinne mandal marched 40 km to Anantapur sewer to protest the alleged encroachment of nearly 800 acres of forest land by influential people.

The party submitted a memorandum to the collector requesting input subsidy for groundnut farmers in 25 mandals of undivided Anantapur district as they reportedly did not receive crop insurance compensation.