Congress chief Rahul Gandhi joins TDP protest at Jantar Mantar

Congress Party MP KVP Ramachandra Rao holds a placard demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh during the Parliament Budget Session in New Delhi

Andhra Pradesh Roiled by Anger Over Denial of Special Category Status

TDP MPs also continued to protest in front of the Gandhi Statue in Parliament, where they could be seen chanting "We want justice".

This has turned the focus back on special category status for AP.

The protesters claim that the bifurcation caused a huge revenue deficit for the successor Andhra Pradesh.

At the venue, the Congress President said: "I am confident that if we stand together, we will convince the government and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi that what is due to the people of Andhra Pradesh should be given to them, at once".

Further, the Chief Minister refused to compromise on the matters of the state interest citing the State Reorganization Act. "We require 50 signatures and even if we do that there will be a debate for a day or so and till the next six months we may not be able to talk about it", an MLC said quoting him.

A senior TDP leader said Mr. Naidu may not take a hasty decision but would wait for an official statement from the Union Finance Ministry and the feedback given by the party's team that spoke to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi on its return on Wednesday.

The YSR Congress, along with 2,000 Andhrites studying and working in Delhi and other cities, also held a dharna at Parliament Street here to demand the special status for their state.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday dramatically appeared at a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) protest here. Stating this as the reason, the central government denied special category status to AP and instead, assured "special assistance" by promising a "special package" in 2016, to be valid from 2015 to 2020.

"Earlier on Friday, Naidu exhorted the Centre to implement the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act in 'letter and spirit".

With the obvious rift between central and state governments, the opposition parties in the state including YSR Congress party, Congress and CPI (M), have been organizing agitations, rallies and so on across the state demanding special category status.

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