New Delhi, Apr 4: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is expected to meet his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday, April 4, here at Andhra Bhawan. Chandrababu Naidu arrived on a two-day visit to the national capital on Monday and met several leaders from different parties at Parliament’s central hall on Tuesday towards securing a Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh
The leaders Chandrababu Naidu met at Parliament include: Sharad Pawar (NCP), Farooq Abdullah (J-K NC), Saugata Roy (TMC), Supriya Sule (NCP), Jyotiraditya Scindia (Congress), Jitender Reddy (TRS), M Veerappa Moily (Congress), Rajiv Satav (Congress), Anupriya Patel (Apna Dal), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal) and Tariq Anwar (NCP).
The Andhra Pradesh CM also met Farooq Abdullah of the National Congress in Parliament. According to the reports, Naidu also talked sought support for the no-confidence motion against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The no-confidence motion has been moved by Telugu Desam Party. (Also Read: Chandrababu Naidu Slams BJP, Jaitley Blames AP Govt For Delay on Special Package)
“The chief minister is meeting key leaders in parliament to send across a message to the country that not only making commitments, but honouring it also is very important,” TDP lawmaker TG Venkatesh had told reporters after the meeting.
Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs continued to protest outside the Parliament house, demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh. Naidu, last month, asked his party’s MPs to continue ‘fight against injustice’ in Parliament.
“All the TDP MPs must be present in the Parliament. See that MPs of other parties also attend the House and that other parties also give notices of No Confidence Motion,” the Chief Minister told TDP lawmakers. (Also Read: Chandrababu Naidu Asks TDP MPs to Continue ‘Fight Against Injustice’)
He added that the support the TDP is getting from all the other parties “indicate the sympathy from all corners of the country for the state, for the injustice, it is facing”. “The MPs should continue with the same spirit. You have the support of 5 crores people of the state,” he added. (Also Read: Chandrababu Naidu Writes Letter to Amit Shah on Leaving NDA: BJP Not Sensitive to Aspirations of People of Andhra Pradesh)
The AP chief minister also wrote a letter to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in which he said the ruling party at the Centre appears insensitive to the aspirations of people of the state. “TDP joined the alliance with an expectation that our people will get justice. We hoped that our state will get fair treatment. When our being in the alliance doesn’t serve that purpose, we feel that it is pointless to continue,” Naidu stated.
Last month, the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP pulled itself out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last month over the special status issue. The TDP tabled a no-confidence motion against the Modi government over its refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh and also issued a whip to its MPs, directing them to attend the Parliament till the end of the Budget session.
With ANI inputs