Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Police detain TDP MPs, foil their march to PM's house

Police detain TDP MPs, foil their march to PM's house

TDP MPs protest over the demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh at Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi on Sunday.

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.

The drama ended when they were forcibly marshaled out of Parliament around 8:15 pm after a nod from the offices of RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

The decision to protest was taken after the party MPs held meeting at Rajya Sabha member and former union minister YS Chowdary's residence in the morning to decide the future course of action. They were forcefully removed.

Meanwhile, YSR Congress Party leaders continue their indefinite hunger strike here for the third day for the same demand of special category status to Andhra Pradesh. "By standing against Narendra Modi, we could, for the first time, bring our problems to the notice of the nation", the Andhra Pradesh chief minister said, as per ANI.

Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu had earlier also directed his MPs to approach President Ram Nath Kovind regarding the Centre's refusal to grant the state special status.

TDP's parliamentary leader Y S Chowdhary said, "We are fighting for Andhra Pradesh's five crore people". However, due to continuous stalemate in Parliament, it could not be taken for discussion.

TDP also introduced a no-confidence motion against the government. Naidu, whose party had walked out of the National Democratic Alliance over the issue recently, said it was the BJP which had come calling for the alliance in 2014.

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