Some of the placards they were seen holding read "Save Andhra Pradesh", "We want steel plant at Kadapa", "Implement AP Reorganisation Act Commitments Announce Railway Zone", "Follow Alliance Dharma", "We Demand Special Status for Andhra Pradesh State" and "Keep your promises". As no funds have been released under this agreement and as there was no mention of releasing special package funds to AP in the Union Budget 2018-2019, the political consensus in Andhra Pradesh has now again become focused on special category status.
The MPs reportedly issued adjournment notices to both the houses of the parliament and demanded that the centre should respond to the issue. "It's the first thing we will do after coming to power in 2019", he told a group of party workers who protested at Jantar Mantar demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.
"The decision to grant special status was announced in Parliament and endorsed by opposition parties, including the BJP in 2014". "I am confident that if we stand together, we will convince the Government of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi that what is due to the people of Andhra Pradesh should be given to them at once".
Reportedly, nearly 95% of the assets of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh have gone to Telangana in the bifurcation as they are located in Hyderabad, which caused a huge revenue deficit for the successor Andhra Pradesh state.
Speaking at the state assembly, the Chief Minister said, "The Congress, which had played with Telugu people, lost address in the state". The leaders were taken to Parliament Street Police Station.
What is more humiliating to the TDP delegation was that the finance department said it had granted Rs 12,500 crore to Andhra Pradesh in the last three and a half years, but the state had not produced accounts even for expenditure of a single rupee.
Members from TDP, YSR Congress, Left parties and the Congress were present at the protest.