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Rahul promises SCS, farm loan waiver for AP

Congress president Rahul Gandhi promised to accord Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh if his party was voted to power. Speaking at an election campaign meeting of the Congress party in the state today, he said “Andhra Pradesh will get everything it deserves,” adding that “Special Status was promised during bifurcation by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on behalf of the nation.”
 
The Congress scion said that Congress-led UPA promised SCS to AP during division but that the BJP-led NDA refused the same saying that the Finance Commission’s new rules bar special status for all states, except those in the hills. The refusal eventually led the Telugu Desam Party to quit the NDA, he reminded.
 
He indirectly faulted the people of Andhra Pradesh for not mounting pressure on PM Modi in delivering what had been promised to the state. He termed the Congress’ proposed minimum income guarantee scheme, abbreviated NYAY, as a “non-violent weapon” that will uplift the poorest . As part of the scheme, over 20 per cent of the poorest families in the country will get Rs. 72,000 per annum. 
 
He slammed PM Modi for not continuing with the poverty eradication programmes introduced by the UPA. Rahul Gandhi said while Modi did “surgical strikes against the poor”, the Congress will do it against poverty. At another poll meeting in Kalyandurg, he promised farm loan waiver in AP. 
 
He reminded that the Congress promised the same in three northern states in the county and implemented the same in just a couple of days of coming to power. The Congress has not forged alliance with any party for the ensuing elections.

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