On Monday, TDP MP Dr Siva Prasad dressed up as Hindu god Krishna as his party was protesting against the Centre demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament.
The Andhra Pradesh unit of the Congress, the CPI and the CPI (M) today held separate protests on Parliament Street underlining their demand for Special Category Status (SCS).
Except six out of the total 102 legislators of the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh, all others favoured severing ties with the BJP-led NDA for meting out "injustice" to Andhra Pradesh. TDP MPs who stormed the well continued their fight for special status, while TRS MPs who also stormed the well demanded that the Constitution must be amended so that states must be able to decide reservations in jobs and education. "We require 50 signatures and even if we do that there will be a debate for a day or so and till the next six months we may not be able to talk about it", an MLC said quoting him.
At the venue, the Congress President said: "I am confident that if we stand together, we will convince the government and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi that what is due to the people of Andhra Pradesh should be given to them, at once". At the time, special status was promised to Andhra Pradesh for foregoing Hyderabad and the eventual status to grant it was announced in Parliament and endorsed by political parties including BJP.
The protesters claim that the bifurcation caused a huge revenue deficit for the successor Andhra Pradesh. Unusually, the Governor's address went on to expose the Centre for its failure to extend a helping hand to the state. "I will take up the issue with the APCC president and other senior leaders", he added.
The police arrested YSRCP leaders, including MPs and MLAs, while marching towards the Ministry of Home Affairs for submitting the memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding special status for the state.