Union Minister for Civil Aviation P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Sunday claimed that the Central Government was seriously considering the demand for Special Status for Andhra Pradesh State. Speaking to media persons in Vizianagaram, the Union Minister said that all political parties and people of Andhra Pradesh were in favour of Special Status for the State.
However, he said that the proposal was being opposed by Chief Ministers of three States. He refused to disclose their names. He said that the Centre was unable to take a decision as there was no mention of Special Status in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. However, he said that the TDP Government would achieve the Special Status at any cost. Mr. Raju reiterated that injustice was done with Andhra Pradesh due to unscientific division of the State.