Saturday, December 15, 2018 07:17 PM

Why every party in Andhra Pradesh is talking about special status?

What made the rival Andhra Parties to unite to express no-confidence on the Modi Ministry? The doomsday political narrative built around bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in the run-up to 2014 and later especially for political reasons created a strong sentiment of special category status to beleaguered State. In a bid to tide over the Andhra people's anger due to its complicity in arbitrary bifurcation resulting in a strong perception of injustice, the BJP itself authored special status and made the then UPA regime to accept its demand. During the 2014 campaign Modi's unique Selling Proposition (USP) was that it authored special status and shall implement it for 15 years as the UPA promised for 5 years only. The special status was presented as the only hope of rebuilding the truncated state. As the 'special' sentiment flows thick and fast through the Krishna-Godavari rivers, the warring political parties of Andhra Pradesh have no option except to unite. Both the central and state BJP fail to sell its version of the 'special' narrative making the entire Andhra political spectra to turn hostile to saffron party.

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