The YSR Congress Party on Monday accused Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of ‘exposing his true colours’ by trying foil the state-wide bandh seeking Special Category Status (SCS).
“Had TDP MPs also resigned en masse, it would have forced the Centre to come down to negotiations but his agenda has been different and he had been changing his tune many times and always was against public interest,” senior YSRCP leader Ummareddy Venkateswarlu told reporters in Hyderabad on Monday.
“Instead of extending support to get SCS, Naidu has shown his true intent by using force and official machinery to foil the bandh held by various parties and organisations seeking SCS for the State,” he added.
Stating that YSRCP MPs had quit the Lok Sabha and sat on an indefinite fast against the Centre, the senior leader said that perhaps for the first time in the history of Parliament, the MPs moved repeated no-confidence motions even though there was no scope for discussion in the House.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi sat on fast as the Parliament could not run as the Opposition was disrupting the proceedings but it shows that Centre could not run the House and put it in order as it allowed the din to continue. When our MPs were on indefinite fast, it is courtesy for the government to enquire about the health or to call upon the members on fast but neither the state nor the Centre had done that,” Venkateswarlu said.
“Naidu has been emulating Narendra Modi and announced that he would go on a day’s fast on his birth day which only adds up to his theatrics,” he added.
Andhra Pradesh came to a grinding halt on Monday in response to the bandh called by the Pratyeka Hoda Vibhajana Hameela Sadhana Samithi, who demanded that the state be granted Special Category Status.
This bandh was supported by Left parties, Andhra’s chief opposition party YSRCP, the Congress and Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena party.
The only party that did not support the bandh call was the TDP. The bandh was supported by all sections of society and commercial firms were voluntarily shut. Security arrangements were made to maintain law and order across the state.