Vijayawada, Sept 8: YSR Congress Party chief and the opposition Leader in Andhra Pradesh Assembly YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday called for a state-wide bandh on Saturday, demanding a Special Status category for AP.
He demanded the resignation of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, citing his failure to get the same for the state.
Speaking to the media at the Assembly, YS Jagan lashed out at the CM for his "double talk" on the issue of Special Status.
"On the one hand he says he is striving for Special Status and on the other hand, he expresses happiness over the Centre's announcement of special package", he said.
Appealing for mass participation of the people in the bandh, he further added,"AP lost a well-developed capital in Hyderabad and now we have to build a capital right from the scratch. We need to build an industrial base in the new capital. Attractive packages and tax benefits can only attract new industries to the state".
He said that he will fight until the state is accredited the Special Status and that there will not be any compromise on the demand.
He further alleged that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and AP CM Chandrababu Naidu are staging a pretense of backing the people of AP when they are actually planning to abandon the people here.
According to media reports, almost all the members of the Union Government vetoed against the motion of giving Andhra the Special Status category as the state is yet to prepare itself for the challenges.