UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi have took a stand in favour of the Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. The newly-constituted Congress Working Committee (CWC), which met for the first time under the chairmanship of party chief Rahul Gandhi, has passed a resolution to accord the SCS to the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh.
During the discussion on the Special Category Status to AP in the CWC, Odisha congress chief Niranjan Patnaik has raised that the Special Category Status should also be extended to the states of Odisha and Bihar stating that they are also backward. Intervening in the matter, first Sonia and later Rahul have raised objection.
Rahul and Sonia have made it clear to the leaders of the other states to not raise any objection while according to SCS to AP and asked them not to compare with the state of Andhra Pradesh.
"Due to bifurcation, AP has lost financially. Injustice was done to AP. No other state should compare with AP," Sonia said in the CWC meet. Rahul added, "SCS has been promised to AP by then PM Manmohan Singh ji on the floor of the house. We are still committed to that promise and no one should raise an objection to it."
CWC has passed the resolution that defeating Narendra Modi is objective of the party and asked the party leaders of various states to work towards winning in 200 Parliament Constituencies in the 2019 general elections. The CWC has put the responsibility of the alliances on party president Rahul Gandhi's shoulders. The pre-poll and post-poll alliances would be decided by Rahul himself. Former Finance Minister Chidambaram enthused that Congress would comeback to power. He said, "In the entire country, Congress is strong in 12 states. The party is fighting with the BJP in 230 constituencies. Currently, there is a huge anti-Modi wave riding across nation. If we slug it out and give tough competition, Congress could win at least 150 seats out of the 230 seats. In the other states, if the party go along with alliances and contest in 200 more seats, together it could win another 150 constituencies. The chances to win in 300 seats across the nation are very much alive." Rahul and Sonia have asked the leaders to maintain good relation with the UPA parties and told them to work together to defeat Modi in 2019.