Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday of being unwilling to give special status to the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh after the bifurcation.
Rahul, who took part in a 9-km padyatra from Obula Devara Cheruvu town to Kondakamarla village in Anantapur district, also said that the Centre was dragging its feet on the Polavaram project.
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Slamming Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Opposition party YSR Congress for not doing enough to push for the special status demand and the completion of the Polavaram project, he said, “I understand the PM’s intentions. What I do not understand is why the CM and the main Opposition party are not putting pressure on the NDA government to give special status to the state. Why are they not protesting? The Congress is committed to giving special status to Andhra Pradesh as well as fighting for the Polavaram project,’’ he said.
Addressing a public meeting after the padyatra, the Congress vice-president lashed out at the NDA government and PM Narendra Modi over the land Bill. “We will not allow Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take away farmers’ land so easily. We have not even showed 10 per cent of the strength of the country’s farmers and the PM has understood that he cannot push farmers. Congress party has taken a stand in Parliament… we will not allow the land Bill to be passed in the Parliament as we will not allow the House to function,’’ he said.
The Congress vice-president interacted with farmers, weavers and women from self help groups during his padyatra. Actor and Congress leader K Chiranjeevi and state Congress president N Raghuveera Reddy accompanied him.