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BJP national president Amit Shah concluding the campaigning in poll-bound Karnataka on Thursday arrived in Andhra Pradesh's Tirumala on Friday to pray to Lord Venkateshwara, however, he was met with protests by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) workers demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.
As Shah came out of the temple, devotees at the temple shouted slogans against the BJP and demanded special category status for Andhra Pradesh. Protesting TDP workers wore black badges and held party flags, blocking Amit Shah's path, as well as that of his convoy. The TDP workers clashed with BJP workers and broke the windshield of a car in Shah's convoy.
Andhra Pradesh: TDP workers protested against BJP Chief Amit Shah in Tirupati. A scuffle also broke out between BJP and TDP workers later pic.twitter.com/K1kRPSEQBW— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2018
Workers squatting on the road and shouted slogans saying “Amit Shah Go Back,” “We want justice” and “Give us special category status”.
Security personnel accompanying Shah's convoy and police officials at the check-post were finally able to disperse the TDP workers and detain some of them, as Shah's convoy drove away.
The protests demanding a special category status for Andhra Pradesh, as was promised during the bifurcation of the state in 2014, heated up after there was no special package allocated for the state in the Union Budget 2018.
Subsequently, TDP withdrew 2 ministers from the union cabinet and pulled out from the NDA coalition altogether. At the end of the Budget Session of Parliament, 5 YSR Congress MPs submitted their resignation as well after the Parliament session ended without any special package for the state.