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Bandh a huge success, but SCS fight continues: Jagan

Tue, Aug 02, 2016, 06:27 PM
Terming as overwhelming the response to Tuesday's bandh demanding Special Category Status to the state, Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the fight would continue till the goal was achieved and lambasted the Chief Minister for trying to foil the bandh.

The response was huge despite the efforts of the State government to foil it and we will continue the fight relentlessly till special status is achieved, he said.

`It is not just against the Centre that we are fighting but, unfortunately, we have been fighting against the TDP government as well, which has been trying to foil the bandh and Chandrababu Naidu who has been watering down the issue,’ he told reporters in Hyderabad.

While our MPs in parliament were vociferous in expressing the protest, TDP members were indifferent and fell silent after the minister (Arun Jaitley) said that he had talked to the Chief Minister and a solution was being worked out. The two ministers in the cabinet did not express any protest.

When the bandh in the State is for special status, why should Chandrababu Naidu misuse police force which had shown its ugly face by arrests and lathi-charge and not a single TDP member had participated in the bandh which showed the Chief Minister’s intentions.

The overwhelming response to the bandh in which the CPI, CPM other political parties, student organizations, trade uniona, social and women organizations took part reflected the mood of the people.

`The Special Status is our right for which we have to fight and we will fight it out without giving in to Chandrababu Naidu and his antics,' he said.

For the past 2 years, we have raised the issue at various forums and held dharnas and agitational programmes and in October, ahead of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state for laying foundation stone to the capital city, `I went on an indefinite fast that was foiled by the police.'

Chandrababu Naidu failed to broach the issue with the Prime Minister then and was always telling that special status is not a wonder drug which solves all the problems. When our party gained the upper hand in voicing the concerns of the people, he resorted to theatrics with his party MPs showed meek protests in parliament.

Chandrababu Naidu was trying to put down the bandh with an iron hand, using force and beating up those demanding special status.

Earlier the YCP met the Prime Minister and other leaders on the issue and now sought the appointment of the President and the Prime Minister to represent the State's case.

On August 4, there would be Yuva Bheri at Nellore and other programmes would be chalked out, he said. He thanked all the organsations and general public for making the bandh a huge success.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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