YSRC to join NDA? Jagan Mohan leaves for Delhi to meet PM Modi
The ruling YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh was open to a dialogue about joining the NDA in the Center if the special category status for the state was
and all promises made in the AP Reorganization Act are being fulfilled, YSRCP senior leader and Assembly whip boss G Srikanth Reddy said Monday.
His remarks came on the day that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy left for New Delhi to participate in the Apex Council meeting on water issues on Tuesday and is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jagan’s meeting with Modi has caused a rise in political temperature in the state as speculation abounds that the YSR Congress may join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), an assumption vehemently rejected by Srikanth Reddy.
He said they were open to a discussion about joining the NDA if the Center would fulfill all the promises made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act and grant the Special Category Status that was promised during the 2014 bifurcation of the state to divide Telangana.
Our adherence to the NDA is pure speculation. We have said (before) that without complying with the old Special Status demands, we cannot think about that (join the NDA).
“We are more concerned about the welfare of our state. If you consider all the issues that are mentioned in the bifurcation law (AP Reorganization Act) and announce the special category status, then we will try to discuss that. We will start a dialogue, Srikanth Reddy will you. he told PTI.
However, he said there was no invitation from the NDA or any proposal from YSRCP to join the alliance.
Responding to a question, he said Jagan’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi was purely to discuss development issues related to the state and nothing to do with politics.
The higher council, constituted under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Law, is made up of the Chief Ministers of the two states as members and is headed by the Union Minister of Water Resources.
Differences have emerged between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in recent months over the construction of projects in both states.
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