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Several MPs from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were detained by the Delhi police as they sat on a protest outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence on Sunday morning, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. "Though our party does not want suspensions, the Speaker has the option to suspend those MPs who are protesting in the Well", Chowdary said, alleging that protests inside Parliament by TRS and AIADMK "were planted to ensure no-confidence motion (notice) is not accepted". I went and met them at police stn in solidarity. "We strongly condemn this (the detention of MPs) and entirely support their demand", Kejriwal told reporters after meeting the parliamentarians.

The following day, they continued with their protests inside the Parliament premises as they were marshalled out from the office of Mahajan. They had to be forcefully removed later in the evening. If we still stick to our posts, it would be like cheating them.

Launching an attack on the central government, Naidu warned that the TDP will agitate more vociferously if the central government didn't accord a special category status to Andhra Pradesh.




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". Naidu also said that his party MPs would instead continue to fight and agitate and not run away from the scene.

In March, TDP withdrew its ministers from the Union cabinet and walked out of the NDA after the BJP-led Centre denied special category status to Andhra Pradesh.


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