Andhra special status: TDP MPs detained during protest outside PM Modi's residence

09 April, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Telugu Desam MPs Naramalli Sivaprasad Murali Mohan Maganti and Jayadev Galla stage a protest demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh during Budget Session at Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday

MPs on Sunday protested outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in Delhi demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

"The prime minister is the person to take decisions on SCS (special category status)".

Just before the police thwarted their plans to meet Modi, they were visited by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who offered his party's support for their cause. After repeatedly requesting them to go back to their seats, an exasperated deputy chairman P J Kurien threatened them with suspension: "Should I proceed with Rule 256?".

The TDP MPs had staged a similar protest inside the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's chamber on Friday evening and had again been forcibly removed.

The TDP members described their eviction from the Rajya Sabha as an "insult to Andhra Pradesh". We will free them in an hour. "We condemn their detention and fully support demand for special status of Andhra Pradesh", Kejriwal said after meeting the leaders. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had held a meeting with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief in Delhi last month in order to bolster support for a third front. The central government, however, blamed the Andhra Pradesh government for the delay on a special package to the state.

However, it was never taken up for discussion due to continuous disruptions in the Parliament. Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party had in March pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre and then moved a no-confidence motion against the government in the Lok Sabha.

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