New Delhi: Telugu Desam Party National President Chandrababu Naidu urged Ram Nath Kovind to invoke Article 356 and impose the president's Rule in Andhra Pradesh to rescue its people from alleged state-sponsored terrorism and unchecked drug mafia.
TDP chief along with his party MPs and leaders met President Kovind and submitted a memorandum detailing rising excesses of the state government and the police.
Naidu said that they clearly told the President how AP had been turned into a 'dangerous State and If Article 356 was not invoked now, the mafia in the state would get emboldened and spread their activities to other states.
Naidu said that the President has assured to look into the matter after the party delegation had explained to him the immediate need to address the total deterioration of law and order, breakdown of constitutional machinery, and uncontrolled drug gangs in AP.
"Wherever ganja was being seized in the country, it was being linked to AP mafia. The police of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and other States have blamed the Andhra gangs for smuggling drugs. President and the Centre should order a full-fledged investigation into the links with the drug mafia in order to bring out the truth. Ganja, liquor, and drug mafia were posing a serious threat to the health of the public. Recently, Rs 21,000 crore worth of heroin was seized at Mundra port, and its import was linked to a firm with Vijayawada address in the state," he said.
TDP Chief said in the latest case, it was found drugs were being exported from Narsapuram to Australia. "They were seized in Bangalore while being transported and wrapped in between laces," he said.
Naidu demanded CBI inquiry into the unprecedented attack on the TDP main office in Mangalagiri. "Such serious offences could be prevented in the future only if the culprits for these series of attacks on the TDP offices and party leader Pattabhi's residence are brought to book. Miscreants attacked TDP offices at Mangalagiri, Visakhapatnam, Hindupur, Anantapur, Nellore, Srikalahasti, and other places," he said.
Decrying the police 'nexus' with the ruling YSRCP, he urged Kovind for recalling the state DGP Gautam Sawang and order an inquiry into his becoming a part and parcel of unbridled state-sponsored terrorism.
TDP Chief said that their delegation apprised the President on how the YSRCP regime launched attacks and undermined the legislature, judiciary, executive, and the media. "One Member of Parliament was put to custodial torture. Thousands of false cases were filed against the TDP leaders. Each leader was implicated in 10 to 20 and sometimes even 30 cases. The TDP main office is located in the vicinity of the CM's residence, DGP office, and AP 5th battalion. Still, the miscreants were allowed to make the gruesome attack," he added.