The police on Sunday detained lawmakers of the Telugu Desam Party when they tried to protest outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s house in New Delhi’s Lok Kalyan Marg to demand special category status for Andhra Pradesh, PTI reported.
The party’s MPs decided to protest outside Modi’s home after meeting at former Union minister YS Chowdary’s house on Sunday morning. Chowdary was one of the MPs of the Telugu Desam Party who had resigned as a Cabinet minister in February as the party began to press its demand for Andhra Pradesh. The party has since quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance.
The Delhi Police and the Central Reserve Police Force detained the MPs as they proceeded to Modi’s house.
Meanwhile, YSR Congress Party leader V Vara Prasad Rao, who resigned as an MP on Friday, was taken to hospital after he fell ill during a protest by his party at Andhra Pradesh Bhawan in New Delhi, ANI reported. After submitting their resignations to the Lok Sabha Speaker, five MPs of the YSR Congress Party had started an indefinite hunger strike on Saturday to demand special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
The YSR Congress Party and the Telugu Desam Party protested in Parliament throughout the Budget Session, stalling proceedings for 22 straight days. The session ended on Friday.