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The chief minister said at the election campaign meeting in this "most sacred" city of Tirupati that Modi had promised to offer SCS, a lovely capital city and other infrastructure to Andhra if the NDA was voted to power. The objective of TDP's really is to its demand the Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh as first promised by PM Narendra Modi during his election campaign in 2014.

"Exactly four years ago at the same time, on the same date, from the same venue, at the abode of Lord Balaji, Prime Minister Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate made several promises to Andhra Pradesh", he said. TDP has been relentlessly fighting against the centre for the rights of people of AP, demanding it to fulfil assurances made in Rajya Sabha including Special Category Status and provisions of AP Reorganisation Act.

TDP General Secretary and IT Minister, Lokesh Naidu said that the BJP did injustice to AP by denying it Special Category Status (SCS), but accorded SCS to other states.

In his lengthy speech lasting for over one-and-a-half-hours, he sought to drive home the point that the BJP has colluded with the YSR Congress and called upon the people to defeat the latter too in the interests of the state. Last month, too, Naidu had played the clips in front of the state Assembly.

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Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said that while the Modi government could spend Rs 2,500 crore to build a statue of Sardar Patel, it could spare only Rs 1,500 crore to build a city, the new state capital in Amravati. YSRCP leaders conducted a day-long relay hunger strike in Visakhapatnam as part of the programme. He alleged that the Prime Minister brazenly betrayed the people of the state and left them in lurch by not providing sufficient funds since elected.

Resonating the sentiments of people of AP, TDP has been continuously staging protests in various forms against the centre on doing injustice to Andhra Pradesh. Expecting Special Status and other support, TDP aligned with BJP in 2014 and gave two MP seats and five MLA seats.

The Andhra Pradesh chief minister said that even though the state is short of funds, it is completing the Polavaram national irrigation project on its own. "After four years of patient wait for justice for the state, I am now prepared for anything".

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