Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs were detained by Delhi Police today after they staged protests outside Prime Minister's residence at Lok Kalyan Marg for special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
The party's MPs, including those from the Rajya Sabha, had earlier held the protests inside Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's chamber as the party's no-confidence notice against the government was not taken up for discussion.
Delhi: TDP MPs detained as they staged protest outside prime minister's residence at Lok Kalyan Marg over demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/kLR6VvZwQf— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2018
Delhi: TDP MPs protest outside prime minister's residence at Lok Kalyan Marg over demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/qHOzGjuGIq— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2018
The protests by former BJP-ally TDP come at a time when its opposition in Andhra Pradesh YSR Congress (YSRCP) has also increased pressure on the Central government on the same issue. The YSRCP MPs have gone on indefinite hunger strike to press the demand of special category state.
Five YSRCP members in the Lok Sabha on Friday submitted their resignation letters to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan over the "failure" of the Centre to grant special category state status to Andhra Pradesh.
"People believed us that we will fight for SCS. If we still stick to our posts, it would be like cheating them. So we decided to quit and put pressure on the central government through our strike," YSRCP MP Mithun Reddy said at the Andhra Pradesh Bhawan.
"Telugu Desam Party members are going on mocking our efforts, but we do not want certificates from them, we are doing this for the people," he said.
Students hailing from the state also joined the protest in solidarity.
On TDP MPs not offering resignations over the matter, YSRCP MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy said, "It is their decision whether to resign or not...People are watching their actions and will respond to it accordingly."
Meanwhile, the TDP MPs who were protesting inside Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's chamber after the House was adjourned sine die were marshalled out in the evening.
TDP MP Murali Mohan Maganti was taken to RML Hospital after he complained of giddiness, according to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's media cell.