Rahul Gandhi Writes To PM Modi Demanding Special Status For Andhra Pradesh

19/10/2015 4:52 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
In this Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, India's ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi speaks during a press conference in Varanasi, India. India’s national election is not expected for a year, but the campaign has already begun. The opposition BJP, which has resisted naming a prime ministerial candidate from among its many leaders, began coalescing around Narendra Modi, the successful and deeply polarizing politician who launched a scathing attack against the ‘termites’’ of the ruling Congress party. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, long assumed to Congress’s candidate, hinted he might not want the job after all, even as he laid the groundwork for the coming election by plowing through meetings with coalition allies and party lawmakers. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh, File)

NEW DELHI -- Rahul Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressing for early grant of special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

In his letter, the Congress Vice President has requested the Centre to grant special category status and announce a time frame for fulfillment of commitments made in Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, All India Congress Committee (AICC) sources said.

His letter comes at a time when Modi is set to visit Andhra Pradesh on Oct 22 to lay the foundation stone for Amaravathi--the new capital of the bifurcated state.

The Act had resulted in carving separate state of Telanagana out of Andhra Pradesh some two years back which has led to lot of problems for the people in coastal Andhra and Rayalseema regions.

Gandhi had earlier accused the TDP-led government as also the NDA and opposition party YSR Congress for not doing enough to pressure the Centre on this issue.

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