Andhra Pradesh MP’s unique protest against demonetisation catches opposition eye

TDP MP Dr Sivaprasad from Andhra Pradesh shows up at Parliament in half-black and half-white trousers and shirt.

Written by Leela Prasad | New Delhi | Updated: November 29, 2016 6:58 pm
sivaprasad1 TDP MP Dr Sivaprasad from Andhra Pradesh shows up at Parliament in half-black and half-white trousers and shirt. (Source: ANI)

Amid the ruckus in Parliament over the scrapping of old high tender notes, an MP from Andhra Pradesh protested against the Centre’s move in a unique manner on Tuesday. Dressed in half-black and half-white trousers and shirt, Dr Sivaprasad made his way to the front benches as soon as the Lok Sabha proceedings begun.

When opposition MPs began sloganeering, he went over to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge to explain the reasoning behind his attire, news channel NDTV reported. When TMC MP Saugoto Roy asked Sivaprasad to take a stroll around the Treasury benches, he duly obliged. Sivaprasad was seen joining his arms in namaste to senior BJP leader L K Advani and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also shook his hand.  Sivaprasad’s custom-made dress sported a combination of stickers of people in distress and black money hoarders.

Speaking to Indianexpress.com, Sivaprasad said: “I took a tour around my constituency for a week, the public is weeping. People are afraid to say they are against the move.”

The Chittoor lawmaker said a few people surrounding Prime Minister Narendra Modi were giving him wrong feedback on demonetisation. They are painting a happy scenario, he said. When asked how the move has affected farmers in his constituency, Srivaprasad said they were “dying”. People with heart ailments and other diseases are finding it difficult to get treatment, he added.

Clarifying that he was not against demonetisation, but only its implementation, Sivaprasad said: “If I want to produce any movie, everything should be ready. The cast, support staff, hero, heroine and director. Can’t shoot with just a camera. PM Modi did not make proper arrangements.”

On the opposition demand seeking PM Modi’s intervention in the House debate, Sivaprasad said, “Why can’t he (PM Modi) convince lawmakers and give hope to the people.”

Sivaprasad, a character artiste, starred in several Tollywood films before taking the plunge into politics. He was known for essaying roles with negative shades, usually a corrupt politician or police. Saying that he can’t keep quiet during times such as these, he said the artiste within him comes out during times of crisis.

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    indian
    Nov 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm
    People are against it? Then why is bjp winning in elections in the north east, mp, gujarat, maharashtra?
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      kejriwal
      Nov 29, 2016 at 7:13 pm
      The leftist media and its paid commentators below forget that these days people do not read/view newspapers/newschannels to get news. They do it confirm if the media is sharing the facts or not. There are so many people with cellphones and twitter/facebook accounts on the road that the facts are already online before the media publishes it. Not sure when these paid media/paid commentators will learn this fact. lol its hilarious how they insult themselves when they work very hard to prove their lies as facts.
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        dskygirl
        Nov 30, 2016 at 4:32 am
        Does this mean that 50% of his money is black??!!
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          mumbikar
          Nov 29, 2016 at 11:58 pm
          good !!! very innovative !!!
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            mathimathi
            Nov 29, 2016 at 7:42 pm
            Andhra Pradesh MP’s are anti nationals.
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              RM
              Nov 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm
              EVEN AFTER 3 WEEKS PEOPLE ARE STANDING IN LONG LINES IN FRONT OF BANKS IN PLACE LIKE DELHI WHERE THERE ARE MORE THAN 15 BANKS IN ONE KM.BUT BANKS HAVE NO SUFFICIENT CASH TO DISBURSE EVEN AS PER THE LIMITS AND MORE THAN HALF OF PEOPLE HAVE TO COME BACK AGAIN AND TAKE THEIR CHANCE.THE GOVT SHOULD ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM OF PEOPLE TO PREVENT THEM FROM BEING HARRED EVERYDAY.
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                Muqtar
                Nov 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm
                No political party wins election if every individual is suffering. There is definitely something wrong. One must investigate how voting is done and how results are obtained. I have doubt considering only 31% votes were obtained by BJP when the tide was in their favour. Now when it is against it, how can they win. There may be something wrong. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I am very happy I don't live in India anymore. India can be one individual at anytime of the day. Unfortunate.
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                  Vihari Naidu
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm
                  Even BJP's NDA partners are ditching them. Lolz...
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                    Ramyagnesh
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm
                    Which actor is taking his remuneration thru cheque in full. Natually these actors are affected. It is no surprise. Every other persons incl. his leader Mr. Chandrababu Naidu welcomes the decision but complains the implementation.
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                      Raj
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm
                      BJP only gives each other certificates rather than the public giving them certificates.
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                        Ramamurthi Kolagunta
                        Nov 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm
                        Since couple of years the voters are taking the guidance of the educated youth, who understand reality. They do not get carried away by the rhetoric of the politician. Protests and Dharnas cannot influence the youth any more. Rather they are influenced more by the various debates being aired by the media, which gives them the opportunity to analyzelt;br/gt;and rate the situation. The politicians who are being influenced by the old communist ideology are resorting to strikes and Dharnas Foolishly they seem to adopt the same ideology even in the Parliament, making themselves a laughing stock. The public is not happy with their representatives wasting public money and for doing NOTHING.
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                          Citizen
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 1:58 pm
                          Is he an "Ardha nareeswar"????? Jaihind
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                            vikas
                            Nov 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm
                            Only people complaining against demonetisation are politicians. Guess they are afraid of loosing their bought influence in their consuencies.
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                              vish
                              Nov 30, 2016 at 3:37 am
                              Why these MPs and MLA's can't be creative ?They just know how to protest ,why they can't help the people by financing and providing essentials and also working with Govt smooth implementation of Scheme .Every ones mobile should be converted into E wallets .Why these leaders not educating people because they want to start with second round of black money cycle .
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                                Warrior
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 2:50 pm
                                You Mulla .. get lost .. You must be a jihadi like your other brothers..
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