Arvind Kejriwal supports TDP's demand on Andhra status

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On its part, rival TDP MPs, on Sunday morning, attempted to protest outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence here but were detained and taken to the police station.

"The demand being made by AP government and TDP for special status to the state is completely justified".

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the arrested TDP MPs "in solidarity" at the police station.

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On Friday, the MPs had staged a similar protest over the issue inside Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan's chamber and had to be forcibly removed, reports said.

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 (SCS) for Andhra Pradesh.

The MPs are Y V Subbareddy, Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, Y S Avinash Reddy, V Varaprasad Rao and P V Mithun Reddy. "We condemn this", he said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had held a meeting with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief in Delhi last month in order to bolster support for a third front.

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"People believed us that we will fight for SCS".

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday passed a resolution demanding a special session of Parliament to discuss the implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act.

In March, TDP withdrew its ministers from the Union cabinet and walked out of the NDA after the BJP-led Centre denied special category status to Andhra Pradesh. The TDP also tried to bring a no-confidence motion against the government. However, due to continuous stalemate in Parliament, it could not be taken for discussion.

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