Andhra special status: Sitaram Yechury offers support to YSRCP members on hunger strike

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CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury today visited Andhra Pradesh Bhavan here and extended his support to YSR Congress Party legislators who have sat on a hunger strike demanding special category status to the state. Yechury’s visit came on the second day of the hunger strike.

Addressing the YSR Congress Party members present there, Yechury said he was not visiting them “to get appreciation. This is our duty and responsibility.” “On the day the bill to bifurcate the state came to Parliament, I asked about sharing of electricity, water and government employees. But there was no answer. (Then) I asked why was it taken up without proper homework,” Yechury said.

He said “nothing has happened”, despite then PM Manmohan Singh giving an assurance that the special status would be given to AP for five years and then Rajya Sabha member Venkaiah Naidu promising to extend the status to 10 years if BJP comes to power. On the TDP first allying and now moving away from the BJP, Yechury said: “We asked TDP why they were again getting into alliance with BJP after being out of power for 10 years in the united AP following the previous alliance.”

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