The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs on Monday launched a protest at Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, on the banks of river Yamuna. The MPs who held a flash protest at PMO the other day, chose Raj Ghat for the protest on Monday. They are holding a silent protest at the Raj Ghat holding placards seeking special category status to the State.
As Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had directed the party MPs to stay back in Delhi for some more time, the MPs are coming up with new strategies to hold protest. They have been holding protest in Parliament and outside till it was adjourned sine die on April 6. Since then, for the past three days, the MPs are finding new places and new ways to hold the protest.
The MPs met at the party floor leader Thota Narasimham’s house for breakfast and went to the Raj Ghat by a special bus where they are holding silent protest. They first paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and squatted in front of it in silence.
The MPs would have to find new ways and forms to continue the protest as the YSR Congress MPs have the single form of protest – indefinite hunger strike.
TDP MP N Sivaprasad was seen holding his protests in different attires during Parliament days. He had to think every day to have a new form of protest, while the other MPs have single formula of holding placards and raising slogans. Now, with the Parliament not in session, the TDP MPs are finding it difficult to continue the protests keeping the tempo alive.
They held a protest at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) the other day and are holding the silent protest at Raj Ghat today. They need a new place every day to hold the protest until the YSR Congress MP’s fast is closed.
In the State, TDP chief had given a call to the party rank and file to keep moving in the villages on daily basis and explain to them how the TDP is fighting for the State issues and how the BJP had betrayed. The TDP leaders would project BJP as the villain in the post-bifurcation scenario, shifting the blame from the Congress to the BJP.