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Andhra, Telangana govts succumbing to pressure from Centre: Cong

PTI | New Delhi |

Congress’s Andhra Pradesh unit President N Raghuveera Reddy on Tuesday accused the ruling parties of AP and Telangana of succumbing to pressure from the Centre instead of realizing entitlements the states deserved.

Reddy was talking to reporters after over an hour-long meeting with AICC President Rahul Gandhi here.

“The two chief ministers are not talking about completing the Polavaram project within the stipulated time nor are they sure about special category status/packages because of the pressure,” Reddy said.

“Chandrababu Naidu or Chandrashekar Rao are only sure about getting the number of seats increased in the assemblies.

Looks like a deal has been clinched with the BJP,” he said.

CMs of AP and Telangana, Naidu and Rao, have been pressing for the delimitation of constituencies to increase the number of assembly seats.

Reddy said the Congress was not against the move, but it was unable to understand the priorities of the two leaders.

“If bills on increasing the number of seats alone are introduced in Parliament, the Congress and allies will insist on inclusion of special status and other promises made to them during bifurcation of the state,” he said, quoting Gandhi.

There would be agitations in Delhi if a bill seeking only an increase in the number of seats is introduced in Parliament, he said.