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

Hannah Rogers
April 9, 2018

Kejriwal met the protesting MPs.

"The demand being made by AP government and TDP for special status to the state is completely justified".

The Telugu Desam Party MPs were bundled into a bus by police and CRPF personnel from Race Course Road from where they had started the march and sent to Tughlak Road police station. After repeatedly requesting them to go back to their seats, an exasperated deputy chairman P J Kurien threatened them with suspension: "Should I proceed with Rule 256?". "We strongly condemn this (the detention of MPs) and entirely support their demand", Kejriwal told reporters after meeting the parliamentarians. They had to be forcefully removed later in the evening.

The TDP members described their eviction from the Rajya Sabha as an "insult to Andhra Pradesh".

The House was adjourned sine die on Friday in regard to granting of special status to the southern state.

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The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday passed a resolution demanding a special session of Parliament to discuss the implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act.

Andhra Pradesh chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today condemned the detention of ruling TDP MPs in New Delhi by police as the "height of the Centre's oppressive attitude". "The Centre's stance is totally undemocratic", the Chief Minister said.

After failing to convince the central government to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh, the TDP chief announced his party's exit from the Bharatiya Janata Part-led National Democratic Alliance last month.

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