Reddy, supporters detained in New Delhi

February 18, 2014 - 6:53:18 am

YSR Congress Leader Jaganmohan Reddy speaks to the media during a protest in New Delhi yesterday. 

New Delhi: YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy was yesterday detained along with 19 supporters while they were marching towards parliament protesting the centre’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, police said.

Jagan, as he is popularly known, and his supporters were stopped by police at Parliament Street while they were marching from Jantar Mantar in central Delhi.

“Reddy, along with his 19 supporters, was detained and taken to the Parliament Street police station. They were later allowed to go,” a police officer said.

Earlier, while staging a protest, Jagan said the chaos in the Lok Sabha was engineered by the Congress party.

“Congress engineered the chaos in the house,” he alleged, noting that the person who used pepper spray in parliament — Lagadapati Rajagopal — was a Congress MP.

“Of the MPs suspended, majority of them belong to Seemandhra. Now there is nobody to protest in the House. So, the Congress party plotted it. The only way they could do this is create a scene,” he added.

Jagan was also among the 16 members suspended from the Lok Sabha by the speaker.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana appealed to the chief minister and chiefs of the TDP and YSR Congress to accompany him to Delhi for making last-ditch effort to stall the state’s division.

IANS

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