Hyderabad: Lord Venkateswara has been dragged into the ongoing debate regarding special category status for Andhra Pradesh. TD MPs carried idols of the Lord as they staged a dharna in front of Gandhi statue within the Parliament premises on Thursday. Maganti Venkateswara Rao, Avanthi Srinivas, J.C. Diwakar Reddy and N. Sivaprasad were among the protesting MPs. When the media asked them why they were carrying idols of Lord Venkateswara with them, Mr Venkateswar Rao said, “Lord Venkateswara is a popular god in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made promises to AP, in front of Lord Venkateswara, during his election campaign in Tirupati. We have brought idols of the Lord here so that Mr Modi will remember his promises.” Two days ago, Mr Sivaprasad came dressed as Lord Venkateswara to warn the Central government about the consequences of not fulfilling the promises made to AP in the AP Reorganisation Act.