Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

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

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

"TDP MPs taken to Tughlak Road Police Station for demanding Special status for AP". 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?". Kejriwal justified TDP's demands for special status and put the blame for the detention of the MPs on Modi. BJP Ministers in Naidu's Cabinet quit and it was followed up TDP ministers quitting the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The decision to protest was taken after party MPs held a meeting at Rajya Sabha member YS Chowdary's residence on Sunday morning to decide the future course of action. If we still stick to our posts, it would be like cheating them. "They were released by 1pm", a police official said.

The TDP had staged a similar protest at the chambers of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday after they failed to get an appointment with her.

The House was adjourned sine die on Friday in regard to granting of special status to the southern state. The two leaders also discussed the special category status promised to Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP chief accused the Central government of working with an oppressive mentality.

Since then, TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu hinted that unlike YSRCP, his party MPs would not resign. "The Centre acted in a conspiratorial manner and stalled the no-confidence motion despite several parties supporting it", the resolution said.

However, it was never taken up for discussion due to continuous disruptions in the Parliament.

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