New Delhi, February 6: The Telugu Desam Party MPs continue to protest in Lok Sabha on Tuesday over the demand of special status to Andhra Pradesh and other issues. The protest took place even after the Bharatiya Janata Party has reached out to its ally and assured that its concerns would be addressed. Also Read - Subsidy on Canteen Food Served in Parliament Ends; Lok Sabha To Save Rs 8 Crore Per Year
In a bid to pacify TDP MPs, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, “I want to tell my friends from TDP that their demands are very sensitive. The Prime Minister and the government are very sensitive about development of Andhra Pradesh. Matters raised will be looked into.” Also Read - Fifth Session of Seventeenth Lok Sabha To Commence On January 29, Likely to Conclude on April 8
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Earlier, TDP MPs staged a protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises over budget allocation to Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018.
On Monday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met TDP leaders and assured that he would discuss their grievances with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 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 the national capital. (Also read: Disrupt Parliament to Mount Pressure on Modi Government, Chandrababu Naidu Tells TDP MPs)
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.”