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TMC backs Naidu's special status demand for Andhra Pradesh

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(TMC) on Monday threw its weight behind N Chandrababu Naidu, who has launched 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' here to press for the demand of special status category for his state.

O' Brien said that the no-confidence motion brought by the (TDP) "scared"

"Chandrababu ji, I would like to congratulate TDP. We started this fight four years back but there is a very important date--July 20, 2018--when the TDP brought in 'no-confidence motion' in the Lok Sabha. This scared Modi," he said at the 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' here.

"After that on January 9, 2019, SP-BSP came together. After that, what happened on January 19, 2019--BJP is finished. On that day, senior leaders of 22 political parties came on the same stage. Why am I mentioning these dates? Because after all of these, the BJP got one new ally--CBI," said

is observing 'Dharma Porata Deeksha,' a day-long protest for justice, demanding special category status for Andhra and other promises made by the Centre under the Reorganisation Act, 2014.

As per an official statement, will be submitting a memorandum to on Tuesday.

Several leaders from opposition parties, including Arvind Kejriwal, former Dr Manmohan Singh, and are participating in the dharna.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Naidu, whose party pulled out of the NDA last year, alleged that the Centre is discriminating against and is "inefficient and unfit to rule the country."

"The did not fulfill the assurances given in Parliament. Not even a single assurance given at the time of bifurcation is fulfilled. Even the Centre is showing discrimination, we have no option other than protesting. The funds given for backward states are taken back in the fourth year," Naidu said.

"Today we came here all the way to protest against the central government. went to Guntur yesterday. There are 18 acts under the Bifurcation Act which they need to fulfil. announced special status. (Vice President) Venkaiah Naidu demanded special to Andhra Pradesh for 10 years," he added.

Naidu, who has been pressing for special category status for Andhra Pradesh for long, had earlier staged similar protests against the Centre.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 16:23 IST