Addressing a rally at the Sri Venkateshwara University, Rahul Gandhi also assured funds for irrigation and development projects in the state if voted to power at the Centre.

No force can stop Congress from giving Special Status Rahul Gandhi assures Andhra
news Politics Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 08:13

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday, during his visit to Andhra's temple town of Tirupati, announced that his party would accommodate the Special Category Status (SCS) while addressing "Pratheyka Hoda Barosa" rally at Sri Venkateshwara University.  

"When the Congress comes to power in Delhi (Centre), no force in the world can stop us from giving special category status (SCS) to the state of Andhra Pradesh," he said. 

Rahul, who came on a day-long visit, offered prayers to Lord Venkateshwara, after a nearly 20 km walk from Alipiri to temple shrine.

Addressing the rally, he said that the Congress is also committed give funds for irrigation and development projects in the state if voted to power.

He said that his party would not discriminate the state on the basis of the party that is ruling the state. “Irrespective of which party comes to power here (state), we will give SCS,” he said. 

Attacking PM Narendra Modi, he said he had "cheated the country" by making promises like Rs 15 lakh money to each poor person and 2 crore jobs in each year. He also alleged that the Ache Din have only come for his friends after Modi came to power. 

He said "everyone in the country knows that chowkidar is chor.” 

Rahul Gandhi, while asserting that "SCS is the right of 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh" lamented "Aren't you ashamed for not accommodating the SCS being Prime Minister?”

Rahul said that Modi even cheated the people of Andhra by asking for 15 years time for SCS just for the sake of winning the elections.

On Pulwama attack and Modi nationalism

Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the PM over his response to the tragic deaths of CRPF (paramilitary) jawans in Pulwama of Kashmir.

He said "some people are claiming that they are nationalists but when our 40 young boys died in Pulwama, PM Modi was in 'his' cinema (movie on Modi) shooting in a national park, even after 3.5 hours, he doesn’t have time for the jawans or to meet their families but for photos he posed with smiles and participated in the shooting.”

Andhra Pradesh Congress chief N. Raghuveera Reddy, party state in-charge Oommen Chandy, former CM Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy and ex-Union Minister Pallam Raju also participated in the rally.

AP Congress earlier this week kickstarted a statewide (Anantapur to Srikakulam) bus yatra to assure people that if voted to power at the Centre, the Congress will accord SCS to Andhra Pradesh.

(With IANS inputs)

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