- Protests for Special Status for Andhra Pradesh are public protests that started throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh on Jan 26, 2017 demanding for the ‘Special Category Status’ (SCS) which was promised to the state by the Congress Government during the state bifurcation, and by the BJP during the 2014 Election campaign at Tirupati.
Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh as per the promise made by Lawmakers in the parliament during State Bifurcation.
Following the bifurcation of the united state of A.P. the residual state lost a large part of its revenue due to Hyderabad remaining as the capital of Telangana. In a debate in the Rajya Sabha on the A.P. Reorganisation Act on February 20, 2014, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that SCS would be “extended to the successor State of Andhra Pradesh for a period of five years.” This oral submission by the then PM has been the basis for A.P.’s claim to the status.
How does the protest happened?
Protests Demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh was inspired by the 2017 Jallikattu in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. A Call to unite for peaceful protests on 26 Jan at various Locations all around the state was widely circulated on social media with RK Beach (R.K.beach) in vizag taking the Center stage.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh spoke against the protests, and said that there was no need for it as the state can be benefitted with Special Package instead of Special Category.
DGP of Andhra Pradesh, N Sambasiva Rao told reporters that no permission was granted for protests at RK Beach on Jan 26.
Hours before the proposed protest on January 26 for demanding Special Status Category to Andhra Pradesh, AP police have clamped down on the gathering of five more persons by issuing prohibitory orders under Section 144 in Vizag, Tirupati, and other proposed protest Locations.
Despite prohibitory orders scores of youth tried to reach RK beach in Vizag. Police quickly detained More than a 100 people.
Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan, YSRCP Leader Jagan Mohan Reddy, and others expressed their distress on police action over a proposed peaceful protests.