Hitting out at the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asserted that his party was committed to granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh if elected to power in 2019. He also declared that all farm-related loans taken by poor farmers of the country will be waived by the UPA government. He was addressing a public meeting ‘Satyameva Jayathe’ organised by the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in Kurnool. Rahul said that the Congress will never cheat the people, like Prime Minister Narendra Modi does, who went back on the promise made by another PM Manmohan Singh.
“The state required special support from the Union government. Granting Special Status to the state is the responsibility of the Central government and not a gift. He said he was aware of the promises made to the people at the time of bifurcation and the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act. He alleged that the BJP had betrayed the people of the state by denying the Special Status.” he said. Lauding the contribution of former chief ministers from Kurnool, Damodaram Sanjivayya and Kotla Vijayabhaskar Reddy, Rahul said that more such leaders must come from the district.
“While we gave leaders without a blemish, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi runs a government that only supports the rich and famous,” Rahul said. Earlier, Rahul interacted with students at the Byreddy Convention Centre. Answering their queries on employment, Rahul said that money must be made available to the young men and women so that they can set up enterprises to provide more jobs.APCC chief Raghuveera Reddy, state AICC in-charge Oommen Chandy and former chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy were also present.