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Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said TDP would continue its struggle till the central government accords special status to the state.

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Addressing a meeting of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Vijayawada, he said Andhra Pradesh’s case for special status was different.

He stated this a day after the central government made it clear that there is no question of according special status to any new state in the present circumstances.

Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation Rao Inderjit Singh told Lok Sabha on Friday that no state will be given special status.

The TDP chief, however, said the minister’s statement was based on the report of the 14th Finance Commission. “This does not apply to Andhra Pradesh as it’s an entirely different case,” Naidu said.

The chief minister said the state was not divided by the previous UPA government in an equitable manner. He said justice was not done to Andhra Pradesh and hence special status was being sought.

He made it clear that TDP, which is a partner in National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the center, will continue its efforts to get the special status for the state.

The meeting paid tributes to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and also the pilgrims who died in a stampede during Godavari Pushkaram in Rajahmundry last month.

(IANS)

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As A Mark of Respect To Karunanidhi, Parliament Gets Adjourned

"In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death."

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Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day without transacting any business on Wednesday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi who died in Chennai on Tuesday.

The presiding officers of the two Houses made obituary references and paid homage to the 94-year-old political stalwart.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described him as a visionary and a true leader of the masses and said his death “is an irreparable loss to the country and marks the end of an era”.

The members stood in silence for a short while.

A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For Him. Flickr
A 2 Minute Silence Was Observed For M. Karunanidhi, After His Passing On Tuedsay. Flickr

In the obituary reference, Mahajan said Karunanidhi, an astute administrator, in his “long and illustrious political career” showcased his “admirable leadership qualities and worked relentlessly for the cause of the people, particularly the marginalised and the downtrodden sections of the society.

“A multifaceted persona, Karunanidhi rose to become the most celebrated screenwriter in the Tamil film industry, using the cinematic medium to deliver his political ideas to the masses. The 1952 box office hit ‘Parasakthi’, in particular, was a turning point both in Tamil cinema and for Karunanidhi,” she said.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said Karunanidhi was actively engaged in social and public life.

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“In his passing away, the country has lost an able administrator and an outstanding statesman. The House deeply mourns his death,” Naidu said.

The House observed two minutes of silence before adjourning for the day. (IANS)