MPs detained at a police station for trying to protest outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence over their demand for special status to 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".
The Telugu Desam Party withdrew its ministers in the union cabinet and walked out of the NDA after the BJP-led Centre denied special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor also went to meet the parliamentarians at Tughlak Road police station. "This is arrogance. We condemn this and completely support their demand", the chief minister said. They had to be forcefully removed later in the evening.
Meanwhile, YSR Congress Party leaders continue their indefinite hunger strike here for the third day for the same demand of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
The hours-long drama ended only at night after the TDP MPs were marshalled out of the House. "So we made a decision to quit and put pressure on the central government through our strike", Mithun Reddy said.
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TDP's parliamentary leader Y S Chowdhary said, "We are fighting for Andhra Pradesh's five crore people".
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu had earlier also directed his MPs to approach President Ram Nath Kovind regarding the Centre's refusal to grant the state special status.
The TDP chief accused the Central government of working with an oppressive mentality.
In the last one week, dramatic scenes were witnessed in Parliament with sessions getting adjourned over disruptions from the Opposition, including TDP legislators.