We Will give special category status to AP if voted to Us: Congress President

Vastavam web: Congress President Rahul Gandhi Sunday promised to provide special category status to Andhra Pradesh, if the party was voted to power in coming Lok Sabha elections, and expressed surprise that parties in the state failed to ‘aggressively’ push the issue. Assuring that his party would also launch a ‘surgical strike’ on poverty, the Congress chief said Nyay, his promise of a minimum income scheme, was a “non-violent weapon” that will be used to uplift the poorest. Addressing his first election rally here in the state, which goes to simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi said while the previous Congress-led UPA had created poverty eradication schemes, Prime Minister “Narendra Modi dismantled everything.” Terming his proposed minimum income scheme ‘Nyay’ as historic, he said it was the party’s “non-violent weapon” against poverty.