Protests on Andhra Pradesh issue continue in Delhi

Protests on Andhra Pradesh issue continue in Delhi

"The demand being made by them is completely just". During the informal meet, Kejriwal expressed his support to the MPs.

"This is not democracy, not correct. We condemn their detention and fully support demand for special status of Andhra Pradesh", Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Later in the day, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also met detained Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs at a police station.

YSR Congress and the TDP have served notices to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to move a no-confidence-motion against the BJP. They had to be forcefully removed later in the evening.

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RS Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien and Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma met the protesting MPs, requesting them to vacate the house but they refused to budge, saying they were fighting a "Dharma Yudh" for their state and its people and would continue unless their demand of a special status was met.

While TDP pulled out of the BJP-led NDA alliance, YSR Congress Party MPs have been on an indefinite hunger strike for more than 40 hours now, demanding special demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh. If we still stick to our posts, it would be like cheating them. The show of solidarity comes four days after a meeting between Kejriwal and Telugu Desam Party president and AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu in Delhi where the two CMs discussed the prevailing political situation, the demand of AP for special category status, among other issues. However, due to continuous stalemate in Parliament, it could not be taken for discussion.

The TDP chief accused the Central government of working with an oppressive mentality. "The Centre's stance is totally undemocratic", the Chief Minister said.

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