New Delhi, April 6: Protesting against the NDA government’s “failure” in granting a special status to Andhra Pradesh, five Lok Sabha MPs of Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) sat on an indefinite hunger strike outside Andhra Bhawan on Friday. The MPs who have submitted their resignations to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan were PV Midhun Reddy, Vara Prasada Rao V, Mekhapati Rajamohan Reddy, YV Subba Reddy, and YS Avinash Reddy. More party MPs are likely to follow suit.
Last week, YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy had announced that his party MPs would resign and they would all sit on a dharna to press for their demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh. Members of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh and Opposition YSRCP have been protesting at Parliament every day during this session, pressing for their demand. While the TDP MPs have been protesting near the Mahatma Gandhi statue, those of YSRCP have taken their dharna outside the House.
Jaganmohan Reddy had tweeted earlier in the day, “We do as we say! YSRCP MPs are submitting their resignations today! Challenge N Chandrababu Naidu to make TDP MPs resign and stand united with the people of AP in their rightful demand of special category status for AP.”
Meanwhile, the protest seems to be gaining momentum with AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visiting Delhi a couple of days ago to meet senior politicians. He met several leaders to garner support over the “injustice” meted out to the state. “In my visit to Delhi, I wanted to place before the nation what the Central Government is doing and how the bifurcation was done. Isn’t it the Central Government’s responsibility to see that all the promises made on the floor of the House are fulfilled and things laid down in the Bill are executed,” he is reported to have said. He also warned the Centre of widespread public backlash in case the state’s demand wasn’t met.
TDP MP N Sivaprasad has also been in the news for lodging his protest by arriving at Parliament as a different character every day. Among the characters Sivaprasad played were a woman, a farmer, a weaver, a cattle herder and a schoolboy.