Berlin, Aug 24: Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi has assured that Congress will grant special status to Andhra Pradesh if it comes to power in 2019.
During a speech to the Indian diaspora in Berlin, Rahul said that, "The government of India has made a commitment to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh. This commitment cannot be taken lightly. I assure the people of Andhra Pradesh that once the Congress comes to power in 2019, I will give you special status."
Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "undermining governance" in non-BJP-ruled states, Gandhi said, "The Prime Minister tends to support BJP-ruled states and slow down the governance in states ruled by other parties."
He added that opposition leaders "are not going to allow BJP and RSS to destroy our institutions, whether it is the Election Commission or the Supreme Court, or other courts in the country."
Making his pitch for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi said, "Healthcare, education and competing with China in the manufacturing sector are going to be our priorities."
The Congress chief was accompanied by party leaders, including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh's wife Preneet Kaur, who has been an MP and a Union minister in the past.
Gandhi, who was on a two-day visit to Germany, is now headed to the UK, where he is scheduled to address the students of the London School of Economics and then the Indian Overseas Congress a day after.