TDP MPs to stage protest in Parliament for rail zone

The speakers at the day-long protest, organised by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday, once again brought into focus the injustice being done by the Modi-government for failing to announce the new railway zone in Andhra Pradesh, with headquarters in Visakhpatnam.

Ministers, MPs, MLAs and senior leaders of the party said the NDA government had no interest in the development of Andhra Pradesh, which was evident from the meagre assistance being given by the Centre and its failure to implement most of the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

They said the TDP had recalled its Ministers from the Union Cabinet and broke its alliance with the NDA after waiting for four years thinking that the Modi government would do justice to State.

They hoped that the Centre would do justice at least now failing which the BJP would meet the same fate as the Congress for its ‘bifurcation’ of the State.

They spoke on the efforts of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to exert pressure on the Centre for implementing the promises made to AP.

Anakapalle MP Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao said the agitation would be intensified and all the 22 TDP MPs would stage protests in the ensuing Parliament session in Delhi.

Srikakulam MP Rammohan Naidu alleged that the Centre was misusing the courts, Governors and even the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) to portray the TDP in bad light. He ridiculed the statement of the Railway Minister that the Centre was still considering the issue.

Rajahmundry MP Muralimohan alleged that the Prime Minister had cheated AP on the railway zone. It was unfortunate that AP despite having four railway divisions was not granted the zone so far.

Earlier, the party leaders garlanded the statue of revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Seetharama Raju on the Beach Road and came in vehicles to the venue of the deeksha on the centre of the road near the Convent junction.

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