Arch-rivals YSRC and TDP unite in protests

 Arch-rivals YSRC and TDP unite in protest demand Special Category for AndhraTDP/Facebook
news Special Status Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 11:24

Members of the YSR Congress and TDP held protests in the Parliament complex on Tuesday over demands of special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

Delhi: TDP protest in Parliament complex, demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/S6fTrFOcDi

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This comes after members of the YSR Congress trooped into the Well of ____ holding placards and raising slogans seeking special category status for Andhra Pradesh on Monday. TDP members also stood in the aisles with larger placards and raised similar slogans.

The demand to identify Andhra Pradesh as a Special Category State gained momentum after the state split into two in 2014. India’s 29th state, Telangana, took away AP’s capital, Hyderabad, when it was formed. 

Chandrababu Naidu from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) won the state elections in the newly formed Andhra Pradesh and became its Chief Minister. Naidu was quoted as saying that the split was a raw deal for AP, as it has no capital, no infrastructure and no institutions in Seemandhra.

Read our detailed explainer on the issue here.

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