New Delhi, April 8: Scores of Members of Parliament (MP) belonging to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were detained in New Delhi for protesting outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in Lok Kalyan Marg on Sunday. They were protesting over the demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
Holding flags and placards reading ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ the MPs sat on the road and raised slogans against the central government. Policemen and security personnel were also seen forcibly removing them. They were taken to the Tughlaq Road Police Station.
Later in the day, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also met detained Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs at a police station. Kejriwal shared pictures on his twitter handle and said, “TDP MPs taken to Tughlak Road Police Station for demanding Special status for AP. I went and met them at a police station in solidarity. We condemn their detention and fully support demand for the special status of AP.”
On Friday the TDP MPs staged a protest inside the chamber of Lok Sabha’s speaker Sumitra Mahajan after they failed to get an appointment with her.
Members of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh and Opposition YSRCP has stage protest 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. On Friday, YSRCP Lok Sabha MPs also submitted their resignation to Sumitra Mahajan.
On March 16, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had quit National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with party chief N Chandrababu Naidu slamming the Modi government over its refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The central government, however, blamed the Andhra Pradesh government for the delay on a special package to the state.
On quitting AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that Narendra Modi government never cared about the problems faced by the state and did injustice to it in all the union budgets. In the last budget (2018-19), the government did not even bother to mention Andhra Pradesh.
While Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the Centre has been endlessly waiting for Andhra Pradesh government to revert to a mechanism of receiving a special package equivalent to a special category state.