ANDHRA Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here and sought special category status for the State, party sources said. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) also tweeted about the meeting between Andhra Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reddy, who swept the 2019 State polls riding on the issue of special category status, has held several meetings with the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the issue in the past. With the Congress gaining ground in Andhra Pradesh and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) likely to tie up with the BJP, sources said Reddy has rushed to the national capital to make a last-ditch effort. “Andhra Chief Minister met the Prime Minister in Parliament complex and discussed pending projects and demands, including special category status to Andhra Pradesh,” the sources added.
The special category status is one of the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, which led to the formation of Telangana in June 2014. Jagan’s visit to the national capital comes days after TDP chief Chandrababu
Naidu met Shah and BJP President J P Nadda for talks on possible tie up with the BJP in Andhra Pradesh for the Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the State. The general and State Assembly polls are likely to be held simultaneously in Andhra Pradesh before May.