Hyderabad: Telugu Desam MP Shiva Prasad created uproar in the Lok Sabha on Monday by dressing up as Lord Krishna and trooping into the well of the House to protest against the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Carrying a flute, the MP chanted Bhagavad Gita slokas at the podium.
The unprecedented protest by the TD MP surprised many in the House. Speaker Meira Kumar was forced to adjourn the House thrice as members trooped into the well demanding a united state. She asked him to withdraw his protest.
However, he said that he donned the role of Lord Krishna to negotiate a truce between the people of Telangana and Seemandhra to keep the state united as witnessed in Mahabharatha between Pandavas and Kauravas.
Shiva Prasad later removed the Lord Krishna get-up following repeated requests from the Speaker and other members of the House but continued his protest at the Well of the House. Finance minister P.Chidambaram was forced to give a statement on fiscal deficit amid the din. The speaker adjourned the House for the day immediately after Chidambaram finished his statement.
United AP leaders stir in Delhi
Seemandhra ministers and MLAs will be staging a protest at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Tuesday demanding that the Congress high command reconsider its decision on Telangana. AICC general secretary and state Congress affairs in-charge Digvijay Singh on Monday reiterated that the high command would not go back on its decision on Telangana and requested the Seemandhra leaders to take their objections to the Antony committee instead of agitating.
Sources also said that Singh asked Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to visit Delhi on Tuesday, but the latter excused himself stating that he won’t be able to make it for the next couple of days. A Seemandhra minister close to the CM said that Kiran Kumar Reddy wanted to stay back in the state due to the APNGOs’ strike from Tuesday and other agitations.
PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana asked Seemandhra and T-Congress MLAs to approach the Antony committee with their issues. He said ministers must follow sentiments of people of their areas. The PCC chief also met Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday and discussed the latest political situation and also about Antony committee.