Congress, CPI(M) unveil action plan

Series of protests planned in New Delhi from March 5, says Raghuveera Reddy

March 02, 2018 12:52 am | Updated 12:52 am IST - GUNTUR

N. Raghuveera Reddy

N. Raghuveera Reddy

Leaders of Opposition parties have decided to take the campaign for Special Category Status (SCS) to the State to the streets of New Delhi.

To approach EC

Announcing the action plan at a meeting held here on Thursday, Pradesh Congress Committee president N. Raghuveera Reddy said that party activists would block national highways in the State on Friday, and on March 5, file cases under Section 420 in police stations in New Delhi. The party would launch relay fasts on March 6 and March 7 and lay siege to Parliament on March 8.

On March 9, the party leaders would meet the Election Commission and demand de-recognition of the TDP and the BJP for failing to fulfil the promise of granting SCS for 10 years.

“The TDP, which claims that it is committed to protecting the self-respect of people, has mortgaged the State’s interests to BJP leaders in Delhi,’’ alleged Mr. Reddy.

Calling upon MPs to fight for the rights of the State, film actor Sivaji bemoaned that not even a single MP had raised serious health issues plaguing the State such as flourosis in Guntur and Prakasam districts, in Parliament.

He said the fight for SCS would gain momentum if the MPs from the State stall Parliament.

CPI(M) secretary P. Madhu alleged that the TDP and the BJP were resorting to a political drama to divert people’s attention.

The party would hold a candlelight rally in Visakhapatnam on March 4 demanding SCS and railway zone with headquarters in Visakhapatnam.

AAP leaders were also present.

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