"This is not democracy, this is arrogance. We completely support their demand," Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal meets protesting TDP MPs backs demand for Andhra special statusImage: Facebook/Jayadev Galla
news Politics Monday, April 09, 2018 - 07:11

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi after 21 Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs were detained by police while marching towards his residence to demand special status for Andhra Pradesh.

"The demand being made by them is completely just. It is sad that the respectable MPs were sent to jail when they went to meet him."

"This is not democracy, not correct. This is arrogance. We condemn this and completely support their demand," the Chief Minister told the media after meeting the MPs.

All the MPs -- including former Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and JC Diwakar Reddy -- were bundled into a bus by police from Race Course Road in the heart of Delhi from where they set out to reach the Prime Minister's residence.

The MPs were forcibly removed by policemen and security personnel from outside 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in the national capital.

According to reports, they were detained and taken to the Tughlaq Road Police Station.

The TDP had staged a similar protest at the chambers of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday after they failed to get an appointment with her. They had to be forcefully removed later in the evening.

On Thursday, the Rajya Sabha witnessed high-voltage drama even after its proceedings were adjourned for the day as the TDP members continued their protest over their demand for special category status for Andhra Pradesh. 

The hours-long drama ended at night only after the TDP MPs were marshalled out from the House.

The TDP members described their eviction from the House as an "insult to Andhra Pradesh".

Launching an attack on the Centre earlier this week, TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu warned that the TDP will agitate more vociferously if the central government didn't accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh. 

 

IANS inputs

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