Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday urged regional parties to flag their concerns over the “injustice” by the Centre against states ruled by Opposition parties, PTI reported. He met several Opposition MPs at Parliament in New Delhi to discuss his party’s demand for a special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
In March, Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party had quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance at the Centre before moving a no-confidence motion against the government. The party has been demanding the special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
“Today my priority is my state,” Naidu said. “We quit National Democratic Alliance because the government was ignoring our demands. This is injustice.”
He said regional parties and the Left had supported his party’s efforts to bring in the no-confidence motion against the government. The motion has not yet been taken up because the Lok Sabha has been adjourned every day in the ongoing Budget session.
“We discussed the issue of a special status for Andhra Pradesh,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohammad Salim said. “We also questioned the trustworthiness of the prime minister. We should all combine the issues and take on the government on the floor of the House rather than going to the well.”
Naidu met leaders from the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Shiv Sena and Trinamool Congress among others.