Finding the door shut at their demands for special status for Andhra Pradesh, Telegu Desam supremo Chandrababu Naidu had no option but to put a fearless face and ask his TDP ministers at the central government to put in their papers.
"In case of Andhra Pradesh, the Commission recommended that the central government would provide revenue deficit grant of Rs 22,113 crore for a period of five years, in addition to the enhanced tax devolution".
One of the protesting members in the well held a placard which read "Chotta Modi kahan gaya", referring to diamond merchant Nirav Modi, allegedly the key person behind the Rs 12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank.
Hitting out at BJP for changing its stand and doing injustice to Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said, "It is unfortunate that central minister says special category status can not be given on basis of sentiment".
But the resignations didn't seem to have come as too much of a surprise to BJP.
The noisy scenes forced heads of both the Houses of Indian parliament to adjourn the proceedings.
For the record, Mr Yanamala said TDP's alliance with BJP was "still on". "Why can't the Centre extend assistance to build the capital, as promised in the Act?" he said also reminding the promise made by Narendra Modi during the 2014 election campaign that he would help build a capital better than Delhi. His remark was in reference to catcalls being made from treasury benches when he called P Chidambaram to lay on the table a Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Home Affairs. The protests continued as the House met again at 2 pm.
Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, who was in the Chair, tried to take up a calling attention motion on strategic storage of crude oil and petroleum products in the country and asked Chunibhai Kanjibhai Gohel of BJP to initiate the discussion.
"When I had asked for special financial assistance to build a world-class capital at Amaravati, the central finance minister "made fun of" me, stating that it was my 'dream city.' After the unilateral division, Andhra Pradesh was left with no capital city".
Meanwhile, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party today gave a notice in Rajya Sabha over short duration discussion on sealing drive in Delhi.
However, as the pandemonium continued, Kurien adjourned the proceedings of the House for the day after barely a couple of minutes.