MPs from Andhra Pradesh continued to stall Parliament for the third consecutive day on Wednesday and they raised their pitch as Prime Minister Narendra Modi started to speak on the motion of thanks to President’s speech in Lok Sabha.
Right from morning, the Andhra MPs, cutting across party lines, demonstrated inside and outside Parliament demanding justice to the state.
Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who held a teleconference with his party MPs, asked them to continue their fight, as there was no clarity in the statement made by finance minister Arun Jaitely on Tuesday.
The YSRC MPs, too, staged protests at Gandhi statue, but targeted mainly the TDP for failing to protect the interests of the state.
In Rajya Sabha, Congress MP K V P Ramachandra Rao stormed the podium and stood firmly with a placard seeking justice to AP. As he did not go back to his seat, Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu suspended him for a day.
With the situation going out of hands in Lok Sabha, union ministers Rajnath Singh and Ananta Kumar had a telephonic talk with Naidu and asked him to see that the TDP MPs stop their protests at least when Modi speaks in the House. Following Naidu’s suggestions, the TDP MPs went back to their seats.
But, YSRC MPs continued to raise their voice more strongly as Modi was speaking and disturb his speech regularly.
And finally, the YSRC MPs walked out boycotting the PM’s speech, thereby gaining an upper hand in the Parliament by firmly registering their protest.