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Andhra special status row: Arvind Kejriwal meets N Chandrababu Naidu

Kejriwal met Chandrababu Naidu at the Andhra Bhawan around 9 am on Wednesday.

Andhra special status row: Arvind Kejriwal meets N Chandrababu Naidu

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday at the Andhra Bhawan. The meeting between the two chief ministers began around 9 am. 

TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu had arrived on a two-day visit to the national capital on Monday and met several leaders from different parties at Parliament’s Central Hall on Tuesday towards securing a Special Category Status (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh.

The list of party members that Naidu met in the Parliament's Central Hall are - Sharad Pawar (NCP), Farooq Abdullah (J&K NC), Saugata Roy (TMC), Supriya Sule (NCP), Jyotiraditya Scindia (Congress), Jitender Reddy (TRS), M Veerappa Moily (Congress) and Rajiv Satav (Congress).

He also met Anupriya Patel (Apna Dal), Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal) and Tariq Anwar (NCP).

According to the reports, Naidu also sought support for the no-confidence motion against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The no-confidence motion has been moved by Telugu Desam Party. 

“The Chief Minister is meeting key leaders in Parliament to send across a message to the country that not only making commitments, but honouring it also is very important,” TDP lawmaker TG Venkatesh had told reporters after the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs continued to protest outside the Parliament building, demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh. 

Naidu had last month asked his party’s MPs to continue ‘fight against injustice’ in Parliament.

“All the TDP MPs must be present in the Parliament. See that MPs of other parties also attend the House and that other parties also give notices of No Confidence Motion,” the Chief Minister told TDP lawmakers. 

He added that the support the TDP is getting from all the other parties “indicate the sympathy from all corners of the country for the state, for the injustice, it is facing”. “The MPs should continue with the same spirit. You have the support of 5 crores people of the state,” he added. 

The AP Chief Minister also wrote a letter to BJP president Amit Shah in which he said the ruling party at the Centre appears insensitive to the aspirations of people of the state. 

Last month, the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP pulled itself out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last month over the special status issue. The TDP tabled a no-confidence motion against the Modi government over its refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh and also issued a whip to its MPs, directing them to attend the Parliament till the end of the Budget session.

(With ANI inputs)