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Special Status, Finances Feature In PM-Jagan Reddy Discussions In Delhi
5/26/2019 2:36:15 PM
NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh's Chief Minister-elect Jagan Mohan Reddy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in Delhi today to discuss the several issues including the Special Category status for the state. Mr Reddy also discussed the state's financial situation and sought Central funds during the meeting with PM Modi, reported news agency Press Trust of India, quoting sources.
Special category was the theme around which Jagan Mohan Reddy had built his campaign. He had even promised to support anyone at the Centre who was ready to give the state Special Status - seen as a bargaining chip in case of a fractured verdict or a slim margin of victory in the national elections. His YSR Congress has won all 22 of the state's 25 Lok Sabha seats.

But after the BJP's landslide victory at the Centre, he did not hold out much hope for it, pointing to the size of the party's mandate. The BJP alone won 303 of the 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, up from its score of 282 in 2014.

Our demands for special status will always continue. I will personally take an appointment with PM Modi and meet him about this. We will continue to pursue the demands," the YSR Congress chief said after the declaration of results.


For the last five years, the government had repeatedly refused Special Category status to Andhra Pradesh, even when ally Chandrababu Naidu had asked for it, saying new rules now confine it only to the hill states. It was a huge bone of contention between Centre and Chandrababu Naidu, who quit the NDA last year.
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