Protests for Special Status for Andhra Pradesh are political protests that started throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh on Jan 26, 2017 demanding for the ‘Special Category Status’ (SCS) which was promised to the state by the Congress Government during the state bifurcation
Five YSR Congress Party MPs submitted their resignations from Parliament on April 6 to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. Their resignations were accepted on June 22, 2018.
Protests Demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh was inspired by the 2017 pro-jallikattu protests in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh spoke against the protests, and said that there was no need for it as the state can be benefitted with Special Package instead of Special Category.
DGP of Andhra Pradesh, N Sambasiva Rao told reporters that no permission was granted for protests at RK Beach on Jan 26.
Hours before the proposed protest on January 26 for demanding Special Status Category to Andhra Pradesh, AP police had clamped down on the gathering of five more persons by issuing prohibitory orders under Section 144 in Vizag, Tirupati, and other proposed protest Locations
Despite prohibitory orders scores of youth tried to reach RK beach in Vizag. Police quickly detained More than a 100 people.
Jana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan, YSRCP Leader Jagan Mohan Reddy, and others expressed their distress on police action over a proposed peaceful protests