The Andhra Pradesh government has employed two special trains to ship people to New Delhi for Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s protest against the Center on February 11, authorities said in Amravati on Saturday.
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The General Administration Department has released Rs 1.12 crore to hire the trains with 20 compartments each from the South Central Railway.
As per the requests issued by the Department, the trains from Ananthapur and Srikakulam will transport leaders of ideological groups, associations, NGOs and relationship to the national money to empower them to take an interest in the one-day ‘Deeksha’ protest.
Both the trains would reach New Delhi by 10 am on Sunday.
The protest is against the Center’s refusal to concede Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh and also its ‘failure to fulfil other commitments made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014’. Naidu, also the leader of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), has spoke to all, including resistance parties, to make the protest a triumph.
Leaders of non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parties are also expected to join Naidu in the sit-in. The TDP had pulled out of the BJP-drove NDA government last year.