Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs on Sunday protested outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in Delhi demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
All the 19 parliamentarians were detained and taken to the Tughlak Road police station. Delhi Police said, the MPs were allowed to leave but not to march towards the PM house.
"The prime minister is the person to take decisions on SCS. He has to fulfill his promises and that is why we want to raise our demands with him," said one of the MPs Jaydev Galla.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who recently met TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, visited the protesters before they were detained.
Reacting to their detention, Kejriwal said, "TDP MPs taken to Tughlak Road Police Stn (station) for demanding Spl (special) status for AP. I went and met them at police stn (station) in solidarity. We condemn their detention and fully support demand for spl (special) status of AP."
Led by Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP 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 TDP had issued no-confidence motion notices against the government.
Meanwhile, YSR Congress party MPs continued their hunger strike for the third day in a row demanding the Centre to grant a special status to Andhra Pradesh.
(With inputs from agencies)