Vijayawada, January 23
The “success” of Jallikattu agitation by people of Tamil Nadu, that forced Centre to clear an Ordinance permitting the bull sport, seems to have inspired Opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh, who have now raised their voice for special status (SCS) that has been “deprived” to the State, post bifurcation.
Congress member of Rajya Sabha K V P Ramachandra Rao wrote a letter to the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asking the latter to lead a movement for SCS. While Jana Sena Party chief and film star Pawan Kalyan asked the political class of the state to show the same kind of solidarity, as shown by people of TN, to get special status.
The MP mentioned in the letter that “If a movement is launched under your leadership, all political parties, media, industry, film industry and other sectors and intellectuals besides students and youth will follow you.”
Jana Sena chief hailed the “Jallikattu movement” saying it was an “inspiration for AP”. Andhra people have to learn from Jallikattu movement and political leaders also should show solidarity, he added. “But I strongly believe that it’s only politicians who have compromised and not the general public.
YSR Congress Party also echoed similar feelings. “We have to learn from the neigbouring states Telangana and Tamil Nadu. We have to increase pressure on the Centre for SCS.”
The ruling Telugu Desam Party also asserted that it will never compromise. TDP MLA Bonda Uma felt Samaikyandhra agitation is 100 per cent stronger than Jallikattu fight.