In a major boost for Andhra Pradesh politics, the state's newly elected Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Friday, met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and spoke on the Andhra Pradesh Special Category status, the offer for deputy speaker post and the upcoming NITI Aayog meeting. Addressing reporters outside the Ministry of Home Affairs, he rubbished reports over Deputy Speaker post offered to his party YSR Congress Party.
Stating the agenda of his meeting with the Home Minister as the issues which will be discussed in Saturday's NITI Aayog meeting, he said:
He added that his meeting was to 'prevail on the Home Minister and to also soften PM's heart on special category status' which would be up for discussion on Saturday in the NITI Aayog meeting.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair the fifth meeting of Niti Aayog's Governing Council on June 15. Chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, several union ministers and senior government officials were scheduled to be present in the meeting. In the meeting, the governing council is expected to discuss important subjects, including major issues concerning water management, agriculture, and aspirational district program, according to official sources.
The 46-year old YSRCP chief has grabbed the national spotlight earlier in the day when he reviewed and renamed various schemes and policies launched by the previous government in the state under former CM and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu.
Issuing a government order in the matter, the newly-appointed YSRCP government renamed 'NTR Vaidya Seva' as 'YSR Arogyasri'. Late former Andhra Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy launched the 'Arogyasri' scheme, which was later changed to 'NTR Vaidya Seva' during the TDP government in the state.
Apart from renaming schemes, Reddy also appointed five Deputy Chief Ministers - one each from Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Backward Castes, Minority, and Kapu community.
On May 23, YSRCP decimated Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and Assembly elections, by winning 151 seats out 175-seater AP assembly leaving on 23 seats for TDP and only 3 Lok Sabha seats.