"While the BJP was in Opposition, it was vociferously asking for special status to Andhra Pradesh for ten years and included it in its 2014 election manifesto as well," a YSRCP release quoted Jaganmohan Reddy as saying at a protest held by his party at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

"However, after coming to power, it has changed the tune and is blaming Finance Commission and searching for reasons to evade the special status issue while TDP has been silent in the bargain for not opening cases against Chandrababu Naidu and other leaders on the serious charges they are facing," he said.

He hit out at the BJP for allegedly going back on the promise of giving special status to AP.

"In reply to a question raised in the Lok Sabha by our party, the government has said there is no proposal to scrape the special status to Northeastern states. In that case, why is BJP with all its loud and tall talk of according ten year special status to Andhra Pradesh going back on its word after coming to power," he said.

Special status enables AP to get more percentage of Central funds in the form of grants and exemption for many taxes and duties which will attract investments thus speeding up the process of development, Reddy said.

Asserting that the fight will not stop with the protest in Delhi, the YSRCP president gave a state-wide bandh call on August 28, three days before the Assembly session slated for August 31.

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