TDP MPs attempt to protest near PM's residence, detained

Hugh Fox
April 9, 2018

Police yesterday detained several Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs while marching towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence to demand a special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Police sources said they were stopped in the middle and asked to go back, but MPs refused to go back. They were protesting over the demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

"They (Delhi police) behaved in an inhuman fashion, without even caring about the MPs' age". They were taken to the Tughlaq Road Police Station.

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Their rally started began early in the morning from Rajya Sabha member and former minister Y S Chowdary's residence where they discussed the party's future course of action.

The TDP and the BJP parted ways in March after around two months of bitter accusations over funds allocation to the state.

It was "atrocious" to behave in "an inhuman" manner against the MPs who tried to stage a peaceful protest (outside the Prime Minister's residence), he said.

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The Andhra Pradesh chief minister, who arrived in New Delhi last week, has met leaders from different political parties to further his cause.

The Special Category Status (SCS) fight has reached its pinnacle. "We have been elected by the people to address their issues. But the bifurcation was done so quickly and the promises made to the residual Andhra Pradesh is yet to be fulfilled", she said. However, due to continuous stalemate in Parliament, it could not be taken for discussion.

Naidu has appealed to the AIADMK, which is the third largest entity in the Lok Sabha after the BJP and the Congress, to support the no-confidence-motion paving the way for the BJP's ouster.

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