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Naidu’s fight for rights

Statesman News Service | Hyderabad |

TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu will meet representatives of various political parties, including key Opposition leaders at the national level, next week in New Delhi, though his attempts to find a consensus at the state level failed today as YSRCP and Jana Sena ~ the two parties most vocal about special category status ~ boycotted the all-party meeting convened by the chief minister.

Naidu is likely to visit the national capital on 2 and 3 April to convince other political parties about the injustice meted out by BJP to Andhra Pradesh. This will be his first visit to New Delhi after his party snapped ties with NDA.

However, Naidu fondly says he visited the national capital 29 times in the past 4 years to plead for funds from the Centre.

Apart from BJP which expectedly stayed away from the hurriedly convened all party meeting, YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy also boycotted the meeting saying after scuttling every effort to get SCS granted, Naidu has no right to call an all-party meeting.

“He has the audacity to call for an all-party meeting in a bid to hijack the issue, but reality and records speak about his commitment to the issue and his opportunistic politics.” He once again urged TDP MPs to resign along with YSRCP MPs.

Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan too, called the meeting a “political ploy” by Naidu and boycotted the move. In a statement he said that convening the all-party meeting was a move which came three years too late and trying to shift the blame on other political parties.

The chief minister should follow the example of the farmers from Tamil Nadu and protest in front of Parliament with all elected representatives, the Telugu actor suggested.

Apart from TDP the meeting was attended by the Left parties, Congress and the panel fighting for special category status and various government employees organisations.

Naidu said: “We have been hoping that there would be a debate on the no-confidence motion. A large number of political parties across the country extended support for a discussion on these issues. We are giving information to other parties about the important aspects of the debate through pen drives.”

The resolution at the all- party meeting urged the Centre to fulfil the provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act and assurances given by the then Prime Minister in the Rajya Sabha.

Though friendly with the Jana Sena, the Left parties attended the four-hour-long meeting but did not support a resolution proposed by the CM. CPI-M state secretary P Madhu and CPI secretary K Ramakrishna hit out at the CM, saying he was only trying to “wash his sins off.”