Could only request, not demand, PM for special category status to Andhra: Jagan Reddy

Minister-designate YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, at his residence in New Delhi, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Three days after registering a thumping victory in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah in Delhi on Sunday and discussed the issue of special category status to the state.

Calling on Modi at his residence, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister-designate apprised the prime minister of the state’s financial situation, which is under a debt of Rs 2.58 lakh crore, and sought central funds, PTI reported. He also invited PM Modi to his swearing-in on May 30 in Vijayawada.

Later addressing the media at Andhra Bhawan, Reddy, said in case of a fractured mandate the party would have supported the BJP only if they had signed the Special Category Status document.

"The situation would have been different had they (BJP) won just 250 seats (in Lok Sabha elections). We would have then supported BJP only after they signed the Special Category Status document," ANI quoted Reddy as saying.

Y S Jaganmohan Reddy garlands a bust of YS Rajasekhara Reddy in Guntur. (File)

On his meeting with PM Modi, the YSR Congress chief said, "If the BJP would’ve been limited to 250 seats, we wouldn’t have had to depend so much on the Central government. But now, they don’t need us. We did what we could do and told him (PM) of our situation."

Reddy, whose campaign centred around the special category issue, was unanimously elected as the leader of the Legislature Party on Saturday. YSR Congress swept the Andhra Pradesh Assembly polls, winning 151 of the 175 seats. It will also send 22 of the state s 25 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

While maintaining that he had nothing against TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, his government would probe if there was any scam during the TDP chief’s tenure.

"Will probe if there’s any scam in building new capital Amaravati and schemes launched by ex-CM Chandrababu Naidu. Will complete Polavaram irrigation project and probe if there’s any scam," he said.

Jagan said his government would be revolutionary and the results would be visible in six months.

"One thing I can tell you I have nothing against Chandrababu Naidu. My duty is that of a custodian. Today I am going to promise you our government will be revolutionary. Within six months-one year I will make sure this government stands as exemplary to the country," he said.

The stage was set for YSR Congress’ sweeping victory when Jagan raised the issue of Special Category status and attacked Naidu for failing to secure this tag for Andhra Pradesh.