Kejriwal meets TDP MPs staging protest outside PM's residence

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Later in the day, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also met detained Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs at a police station. They were protesting over the demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

During a meeting with protesting YSR Congress MPs, Vijayamma, wife of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and mother of the party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, said, "in the past, indefinite strikes were so effective that it attracted governments' attention and they responded to it". The detained leaders were taken to Tughlaq Road Police station.

The TDP and the BJP parted ways in March after around two months of bitter accusations over funds allocation to the state.

The MPs were forcibly removed by policemen and security personnel from outside 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in the national capital, even as they continued shouting slogans and waving placards.

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Kejriwal has been one of the top faces among other leaders who seek to form a third front to take on the BJP in 2019. "The Centre acted in a conspiratorial manner and stalled the no-confidence motion despite several parties supporting it", the resolution said. The central government, however, blamed the Andhra Pradesh government for the delay on a special package to the state.

They had discussed the special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

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.

However, it was never taken up for discussion due to continuous disruptions in the Parliament.

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