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Watch: TDP MP Siva Prasad's 'Tantrik' Protest for Andhra Package

Dressed as a ‘tantrik’ and armed with a wooden pellet rattle, Chittoor MP Siva Prasad joined his party colleagues in performing a ‘puja’ outside Parliament for a special package to Andhra Pradesh.

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Updated:February 9, 2018, 12:53 PM IST
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New Delhi: TDP MPs may be complaining of not being heard in Parliament, but one MP made sure he did not go unnoticed outside the House.

Dressed as a tantrik and armed with a wooden pellet rattle, Chittoor MP N Sivaprasad joined his party colleagues in performing a ‘puja’ outside Parliament for a special package to Andhra Pradesh. Chanting ‘mantras’ and aping the body language of a tantric, Sivaprasad said the “lord” had sent a message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi through him.

“The PM is playing with the public of Andhra Pradesh. We advise him not to play with Gods. He promised a lot of things, but has forgotten everything. So we are questioning him now. The Lord asked me to tell Modi to be careful about the assurances he gives,” Sivaprasad told CNN-News18.

This is not the first time that Sivaprasad made viewers burst into chuckles through his agitation.

During a protest in Tirupati against demonetisation in 2016, the Lok Sabha member from Chittoor dressed as a ‘Burra katha’ (traditional storytelling) performer with a ‘Veena’ in his hand along with a couple of co-performers, narrated people’s ordeal after Centre denotified Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

Earlier in 2016, he had dressed as Kucheludu (or Sudama from Hindu mythology) and was seen holding a cut-out of PM Narendra Modi with a peacock feather pasted on his head to portray Modi as Krishna.

Later, in the same year, he turned up in Parliament donning a shirt with pictures of wailing farmers on one side and rich businessmen on the other to demand for farm loan waivers.

Sivaprasad was also spotted dressed as an Andhra folk singer at a protest and in another agitation in 2014, he became a snake charmer.

Interestingly, the TDP MP has acted in Telugu films and was awarded the best actor in villain category for the movie ‘Danga’ 2005.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minster Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, a constituent of the ruling NDA, has been protesting in and outside Parliament for the last week, expressing anger the lack of sops for the state in Union Budget 2018.

| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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