A group of nearly 200 farmers from East Godavari district have set on a journey to Tirumala on bicycles to seek blessings of Lord Venkateswara for Andhra Pradesh to be accorded special category status.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said capital city Shimla enjoyed a "special status", brushing aside concerns over the central government's decision to develop Dharamsala as a smart city.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday launched a blistering attack on the Narendra Modi government for not fulfilling its promise to accord special category status to Bihar which is posing as a great impediment to big ticket investment in the state.
Amid Opposition attack over non-realisation of the promise of special status to Andhra Pradesh made during bifurcation of the state, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday said the Centre needs to help the residuary state liberally.
With Opposition parties stepping up attack on him over special category status to Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said he has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the issue and other promises made to the state during bifurcation last year.
Senior BJP leader P Muralidhar Rao on Sunday said the issue of granting a special category status to Andhra Pradesh is still under consideration of Central government, days after a Union minister discounted such possibility in Parliament.
Recent statements by BJP president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar virtually ruling out the possibility of special status for Goa, in order to preserve the state`s unique identity, have caused a political storm with even a state minister protesting the decision.
Drawing attention to the limited resources at the disposal of?Himalayan states, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday requested Union Minister Sushma Swaraj to take up with the Centre the issue of maintaining the state's special category status which helped it get generous help from the Centre in the past.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said the special assistance to the state was "a question of its welfare and right", and his officers were following the issue after he submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently.
Setting aside his hostility towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrived here on Thursday to meet him and sought enhanced central assistance and special status for his state.
The NDA central government has not yet taken a decision on granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh and the issue was under consideration, said union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu.
Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday pitched for "special category status" for Bihar, a demand long pushed by his mentor-turned-adversary Nitish Kumar, saying it will pave the way for economic development and employment generation in the backward state.