Vijayawada, February 6: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Telugu Desam Party leaders as the party continues to protest over poor allocation for Andhra Pradesh in Budget 2018-19. Singh assured the TDP that he would discuss their grievances with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Also Read - PM Modi Declares January 16 as National Startup Day, Calls Startups As Backbone of New India
The delegation, comprising Union Ministers — P Ashok Gajapathi Raju and YS Chowdary — and MPs — K Ramamohan Naidu, Nimmala Kistappa and Thota Narasimham — met Singh in New Delhi. The meeting took place after a telephonic conversation between Singh and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday, the Times of India reported. Also Read - Bikaner-Guwahati Express Derails: Railway Orders High-level Inquiry, NFR Completes Rescue Ops | Key Points
Sources said that the MPs expressed their displeasure over the “injustice meted out to Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget”. Seeking time from the MPs to convey their message to the PM, Singh said, “I will convey your feelings to the Prime Minister and ensure that the issues raised by you are addressed.” (Also read: Disrupt Parliament to Mount Pressure on Modi Government, Chandrababu Naidu Tells TDP MPs) Also Read - LIC IPO News: LIC May Be Valued At Rs 15 Lakh Crore, Will Make It Second Largest Company In India
On Monday, the MPs staged protests outside Parliament seeking justice for Andhra Pradesh. They raised slogans like ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’, ‘Keep Your Promises Now’, ‘Follow Alliance Dharma’, ‘Implement AP Reorganisation Commitments’ and demanded that the Prime Minister address their concerns. (Also read: Alliance With NDA Intact; CM Naidu Didn’t Speak to Thackeray or Shah: TDP)
Machilipatnam MP Narayana Rao said that the TDP would continue to hold protests until the Centre implements the AP Reorganisation Act.