Political fight erupts in Andhra over attacks

Amaravati: Tension prevails in Vijayawada as Andhra Pradesh opposition leader and former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh including several other Telugu Desam (TD) leaders were put under house arrest on Wednesday morning.

The ruling party alleged that the TD leaders including the party president were put under house arrest as they were about to leave for Guntur town to hold a ‘Chalo Atamakur’ rally.

The opposition alleged that the Andhra Pradesh police has increased security at the houses of all the TD leaders in the three districts including Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts.

Reportedly, police officials have barricaded the lane outside the former CM’s house even before his car could reach the main gate.

While speaking to the media at his Guntur residence on Wednesday Mr Naidu said, “It’s a dark day for Democracy. This government is violating the human rights and fundamental rights of the people. I am warning the YSRC government along with the AP police. They cannot play this type of politics. They cannot control us by arresting us. I will continue ‘Chalo Atmakur’ rally once the police allow me to leave for Atmakur. But, I will continue my best to fight for justice for our party workers.”

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On Tuesday, Naidu had called for a huge rally, ‘Chalo Atmakur’ in Guntur district to protest against the alleged attacks on TD workers by the YSR Congress in the last 100 days.

However, even before the TD leaders could begin their protest the majority of them were put under house arrest to prevent them from participating in the rally.

Lok Sabha MP K. Ram Mohan Naidu tweeted, “The police and the government are working to shut down every voice of protest in Guntur and across the state. This is undemocratic and authoritarian.”

He added, “This government is deeply insecure about people finding out the truth about the atrocities of @YSRCParty members. CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is afraid of losing his image and is using the police to shut down protesters, house arrest opposition leaders and ex-ministers.”

However, denying the allegations made by the Opposition party, Andhra Pradesh director general of police Damodar Goutam Sawang said that the former CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu has been taken into preventive custody as his actions are increasing tensions and creating disturbance to law and order in the Palnadu region of Guntur district. He also clarified that police did not take him into preventive custody for fighting against policies of the government of Andhra Pradesh.

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