The actor went so far as to say that it is a big crime committed by the union government.

AP is a newborn child unfair of govt not to give special status Actor Prakash Raj
news Politics Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 16:29

After taking on Hindu nationalism and single language imposition, actor Prakash Raj has now joined the chorus of people seeking special status for AP. He said, “It is a newborn child, not to give special status despite giving word and even after all eligibilities, is a big crime."

In an interview to TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash, the actor opened up on the issue while also giving his opinion on several other contemporary issues.

When he was asked about the stir over Special Status, Prakash Raj opined that it is "unfair" on the union government’s part that it is withholding special status after having given its word earlier. 

He said, "It is injustice what the union government is doing with AP. The state got bifurcated and they (Telangana people) wanted it, we can't do anything about it."

Adding on, he said, "Now it is a new state, we all know it will take many crores, years to build the infrastructure for the capital city. When a new state is formed, aren't you (union government) supposed to give special status to it on the basis of social justice?"

Attacking the union government for going back on 'Special Status’, he said, “So much infrastructure needs to come up. After giving word, how can they now say, “We will not give it?”

He added, “We should ask and we should question.”

Saying that he has "No Jhandas (flags) and no agendas,” he said he is a responsible citizen of the country.

The actor has been seemingly active in commenting about recent issues, right from the killing of Gauri Lankesh to the agrarian crisis. 

Background

The demand for Special category status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh, is a movement that has existed right from the time the state was bifurcated.

On several occasions, the CM Chandrababu Naidu has said that bifurcation was a raw deal for AP, which left the new state with no capital, no infrastructure and no institutions in Seemandhra (the region comprising Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra).

Jagan Mohan Reddy, YSRCP chief and main opposition leader, has criticised Naidu's government for failing to garner special status for the state.

In fact, at his ongoing Walkathon (Padayatra) too, he has used the opportunity to attack Naidu over 'Special Status’. 

Actor turned politician Pawan Kalyan is also one of the important voices who has kept reminding the government about the special category status.

 

 

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