TDP’s two cabinet ministers, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sujana Chowdary met Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday and submitted their resignation. The party has decided to pull out two of its valuable ministers over its demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh.
Sujana Chowdary told that Modi received them cordially and spoke on solving the issue. The Prime Minister said that ‘I am with Andhra Pradesh and I will serve people of the state’.
The reporters when asked Chowdary about his next step, he said, “We have to ensure whatever commitments and assurances given in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act as well as the promises made by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on the floor of the Rajya Sabha are fulfilled.”
He further added that they will have more freedom now to pursue the issue as they are out of the council. Chowdary believes that it is not fair to expect Prime Minister Modi to deal with these issues. It is for the concerned ministries to take up. The sentiments of the Andhra has to be addressed by Chandrababu Naidu, and in these circumstances, unless we support our people, we hear them out and work for it, it does not make sense.
On the other hand, Gajapathi Raju says, “The issue of Special Category Status should have been addressed by the Centre a long time ago and the Centre was viewing the Andhra people as ‘residue material’”.
“From Andhra Pradesh, we have now become residue state of Andhra Pradesh. The residue is the problem and there are certain commitments that were given by the national parties at that particular time and everyone in Andhra Pradesh wants that to be implemented,” Raju said.
Well, at the end of the day, both the TDP leaders thanked Prime Minister Modi for the support and cooperation extended during their tenure.
Let’s wait and see how Modi will solve the issue. Now that he had made a fresh promise again, we need to see if this will be fulfilled at least or not.