Protests spill outside Parliament

Police detaining a united Andhra Pradesh supporter during a demonstration near Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar  

Protests against the introduction of the bifurcation Bill in Parliament spilled over to the abutting areas keeping the Delhi police on tenterhooks.

As the news of the Congress leadership’s decision to introduce the Bill in the Lok Sabha came out, the APNGOs and Seemandhra TDP legislators thronged media point near the Parliament complex in protest against the tabling of the Bill. Representatives of the Telangana political JAC too reached the spot raising slogans in favour of separate Telangana.

Tension prevailed in the area as the pro and anti bifurcation slogans rent the air even as the representatives of the two sides entered into mild scuffle. With the situation going out of control, the police deployed in large numbers evicted the agitating members. Parliament complex turned into fortress as the police did not allow the protesting members to enter the premises prompting them to stage an impromptu sit in.

The police had to physically lift TDP MLAs P. Keshav, D. Umamaheswara Rao and D. Narendra Kumar as also the APNGOs Association president P. Ashok Babu as they remained unrelenting in their resolve to march towards the Parliament. They were bundled into the waiting vans in spite of Mr. Keshav and others explaining to the police that they were elected representatives and had the right to peacefully register their protest.

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