Addressing a public meeting in Bandlapalli village in Anantapur district of the state, they said Prime Minister Modi had the responsibility to fulfill the promise made by the Central government.

Manmohan Singh recalled that when Parliament was debating the issue of formation of Telangana state, he, as the then Prime Minister, had assured people of Andhra Pradesh that government will grant special category status.

"Unfortunately, UPA lost elections in 2014 and the BJP government now in power in Delhi has refused to honour this solemn commitment I had made as prime minister to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh," he said.

Gandhi cited the Central government had promised that after bifurcation, it will extend all help to Andhra Pradesh and give it special category status.

"This promise was made by UPA government but it was not a mere UPA government. It was the government of India. The NDA government should realize that as the government of India its responsibility is to fulfill this commitment," he added.

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