On Friday, the Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi said that his party will grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh if voted to power in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.

Mr. Gandhi is on a 2-days visit to UAE, addressed a gathering of India workers in Dubai’s Labor Colony. He said that “as soon as our government comes to power, we will give special status to Andhra Pradesh.”

On June 2, 2014, Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Telangana and the residuary Andhra Pradesh Stats.

“You helped India, Indian states and the poor people and you worked to make this city of Dubai, which is great in the whole world. I want to say thank you heartily,” added Mr. Gandhi.

Hailing the development of UAE, the Congress Chief said that all the “massive developments you see here, tall buildings, large airports, and metro, wouldn’t have been built without your contribution. You have given your sweat, blood and time for the development of this city and you have made Indians of all backgrounds proud.”

Mr. Gandhi reiterated what he told to a group of party workers protesting at Jantar Mantar on March 2018, for Andhra Pradesh’s special status. He was quoted saying, “We will give special category status to Andhra Pradesh. It’s the first thing we will do after coming to power in 2019.”

“I am confident that if we stand together we will convince the Government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that what is due to the people of Andhra Pradesh should be given to them,” added Mr. Gandhi.

2019 General Elections in India are due to be held between April and May.

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