Vijayawada: Government advisor (public affairs) Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, on 22 January, clarified that the police did not arrest TDP leader Kala Venkata Rao but issued notices to him under 41A of the CrPC for interrogation. He also criticized Opposition leader and former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu for making false allegations against the DGP and claimed they were derogatory and fit for a suit for damages.

He said Mr. Naidu's attitude was coercive and he had been acting like an irresponsible Opposition leader. Kala Venkatarao was not arrested and the police had only issued notices as per 41A of the CrPC directing him to appear for interrogation, Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy said, and asked if the experienced Naidu did not know about the law and the 41A CrPC notices.

Regarding the Nandeeshwar idol incident at Santhabommali, he said the TDP leaders were behind the temple attacks and questioned why the leaders of a political party would take the idol and leave it on the road. He said that after being exposed by the CCTV footage, Mr. Naidu and his team were trying to fool the people by saying they were trying to replace the idol with a new one even though there was no new idol in the temple.

Mr. Reddy further said the TDP supremo was jealous of the "glorious governance" and welfare initiatives of Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy and therefore was encouraging the desecration of temples. Mr. Naidu's sole aim is to target the Chief Minister and defame him, he said, adding that all TDP leaders, including Mr. Naidu, were in a frenzy as their mistakes were being revealed one by one.

Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy had not made it clear that an inquiry was underway in the case of Praveen Chakravarty, who was arrested on 13 January. He criticized Mr. Naidu for speaking without knowing any details of the case and further trying to get publicity from the media.

Replying to a question on local body polls, the government advisor said the state government will approach the Supreme Court as conducting elections under the present circumstances might risk the lives of both government employees and people. The government shouldn't be blamed if the pandemic situation gets worse, he added.

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