BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member G.V.L. Narasimha Rao sent a letter addressed to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan against the TDP MLAs. The TDP MLAs have been protesting non stop against the Center for not approving a special status for Andhra Pradesh.
The BJP politician began his letter with, “I am writing to bring to your kind attention gross misuse of parliamentary premises from some MPs belonging to the Telugu Desam Party.”
Mr. Rao claims the TDP MLAs are protesting to attract the media and practically a publicity stunt. As part of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (Security) Rao stated many complaints were made against the protesting TDP MLAs.
The MP also mentioned how both houses gave the TDP MLAs an opportunity to fight their case. He went on to quote the Handbook for Members of the Rajya Sabha which clearly states protesting inside the Parliament is forbidden.
The handbook states MPs will not be allowed to use the Parliamentary premises to demonstrate any kind of protest including dharnas.
After bifurcation Andhra Pradesh faced a number of problems due to not having a capital in the State. In the bifurcation, Telangana got Hyderabad which was originally the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Since then the Andhra Pradesh Government demanded a Special Category Status for the State.
The status will ensure more money is sent towards the State for quicker development. The BJP said it would give Andhra the status, this led to the TDP joining forces with the BJP. But the BJP has denied the status to Andhra after coming to power in 2014. According to the Center, the State received large amounts of funds but failed to show any progress.