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Accepting special package for AP was Chandrababu's historical blunder
A round-table meet, comprising of various political parties, recently organized by the Andhra Pradesh Editors' Association at Guntur, univocally resolved that all political parties must unitedly exert pressure on the Centre for achieving Special Category Status (SCS) for the new Andhra Pradesh state.

They appealed that the TDP chief and the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu must take the lead and take into confidence leaders of all political parties and evolve an action plan to achieve SCS. The round-table meeting was presided over by the association's state vice-president Sakhamuru Srinivasaprasad. Apart from different political leaders, representatives of people's organizations and NGOs also took part in the meeting.

Expressing anguish over the injustice being meted out to the Andhra Pradesh state by the Centre in one way or another for decades, the association's state president VVR Krishnam Raju said that the people must at least rise in one voice now and achieve the rightful Special Category Status. He criticized that it was a historical blunder on part of the chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to have compromised with the Centre for special package in lieu of SCS.

High Court Advocates' Committee convener DSNV Prasadbabu commented that both the NDA and the UPA governments had caused severe injustice to the AP state. He expressed dismay over the MPs whiling away their time in Delhi.

"Now is the time to cleanse the politics which have been infected with Corporate trade virus" , Prasadbabu said.

BJP state spokesperson Jupudi Rangaraju found fault with some political parties for charging the BJP with filing a faulty affidavit in Supreme Court on Special Category Status. "The Centre is obliged to implement the recommendations of the 14th planning commission according to Section 281 of the Constitution," he said.

The Indian Chamber of Commerce, Guntur chapter president and YSRCP leader A Anjaneyulu accused the Centre of backtracking from its promise on the SCS and said that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu must join with all political parties and fight with the Centre on the status issue.

AAP state secretary Dr Sevakumar called upon leaders of various parties to come together to fight for the cause. TDP Guntur urban president Chandu Sambasivarao clarified that although it was the BJP that took a U-turn in the matter of granting SCS to the state, it was a 'judgmental error' on the part of the TDP to follow the Centre's decision.

IMUL party state president Basheer Ahmed disclosed that there was inadequate response from people though many political parties have raised their voice for demanding SCS. However, Andhra Pradesh Brahmin corporation director Vepaka Padmavati took strong exception over targeting Chandrababu over SCS, calling it unjust.

CPM district secretary Pasam Ramarao said that it would be binding on the Centre to grant SCS to an economically unviable state. PCC general secretary Waheed mentioned that there was no need to find fault with Chandrababu Naidu. The BJP needs to take full responsibility to accord SCS to the state. Jana Sena leader Dr Lingamsetty Srinivas stated that the Jana Sena party will do its best to achieve the SCS.

AP Editors' Association state vice-president Ramaraju Srinivasarao blamed the parties for politicising the SCS issue. If there is clearness in one's will, the state can be developed even with alternative ways. Social worker Lavanya urged the leaders to bury the hatchet and unitedly strive to achieve the status. BJP senior leader Aluru Koteswara Rao said that the central funds were not being sanctioned to the state as the government failed to set up Special Purpose Vehicle.

There was pandemonium in the meeting hall for sometime as some leaders made serious allegations against the BJP government in a loud tone.

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