Andhra Pradesh Special Status Demand: 24 TDP MPs Detained After Dharna Outside PM Narendra Modi’s Home
The MPs were forcibly removed from outside 7, Lok Kalyan Marg and packed into buses, but continued to wave placards and raise slogans against the BJP-led central government.
The MPs were forcibly removed from outside 7, Lok Kalyan Marg and packed into buses, but continued to wave placards and raise slogans against the BJP-led central government. They were taken to the Tughlaq Road Police Station.
"The MPs who were protesting have been taken into preventive custody. We will free them in an hour. No case will be lodged against them," a police officer told CNN-News18.
The MPs had staged a similar protest on Friday evening inside Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's chamber and were forcibly removed.
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
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
The TDP members had been noisily protesting in both Houses of Parliament holding placards etc, demanding special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Around mid-March, having quit the NDA, they gave no-confidence motion against the government but it was not admitted by the Speaker.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has demanded a special session of Parliament, which was adjourned sine die on Friday, to discuss the demand. Piloted a resolution to the effect in the Assembly, he accused the central government of acting in an “autocratic manner” and ensuring that the no-confidence motion against it did not come up for discussion despite the TDP MPs "waging a relentless struggle" till the last minute.
MPs from YSR Congress, TDP’s regional rival, had resigned from the Lok Sabha last week and launched a relay hunger at Andhra Bhavan in the national capital.
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