The Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will organise a grand public meeting in Tirupati on Monday to protest against the Centre's refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

Naidu has reached Tirupati and has said that he will go live at 5 PM to talk about the status of the promises that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made when he was BJP's prime ministerial candidate four years ago.

“The objective of the meeting is to unmask the ‘real face’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and remind him about the promises he made four years ago to the people of Andhra Pradesh at the feet of Lord Venkateswara. Expose the backstage deals between YSRC and BJP,”  Industries Minister N Amarnath Reddy was quoted as saying by the New Indian Express.

About one lakh people are expected to attend the meeting and most of them are intellectuals, youth, college and university students. Extensive security arrangements have been made to prevent any untoward incidences.

Andhra Pradesh has claimed that the state has been neglected in terms of budget allocation. No special category status has been conferred to the state as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. Neither has the demand for a new railway zone at Visakhapatnam been adhered to. These are some of the promises that were made.