Rahul Gandhi promised Special Category Status to AP at the cost of Telangana: Harish

Vastavam web: Not a day passes without TRS leaders bringing up Andhra factor in their campaign for December elections. They are making all kinds of allegations against Congress ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit on October 20 to address public meetings at Bhainsa near Adilabad. The latest wild allegation comes from none other than TRS Minister T. Harish Rao. He says that Rahul Gandhi has promised Special Category Status to AP without making any such promises to extend similar package to Telangana. He further says that at the time of state division, the Manmohan government promised to extend tax incentives and industrial concessions to Telangana that would equal compared to benefits going to AP once special status is given.

Harish Rao has some valid concerns that factories and industries will go away from Telangana and Hyderabad to AP if this special status is given and because of huge tax concessions that come with it. He must have forgotten the fact that Telangana state was formed with Hyderabad as its capital only to fulfil the demand of Telangana leaders and at the cost of Andhras. Thereby, sentiments of majority people from two other regions, namely Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, were hurt. Now TRS leaders have taken it up as their only role to create one problem after another for hurting AP’s interests very badly. AP’s leaders are not able to fight against this because of changed political scenario and Modi government at the Centre not ready to cooperate unless BJP is given a chance to strengthen its presence in the state.

Rahul Gandhi has already promised that he will put his first signature on AP special status file once Congress wins in 2019. Now TRS leaders say this is harmful for Telangana. There are early elections fast approaching there. Rahul has no choice but to come out with similar promises to Telangana now.