Hyderabad: Atmakur town of Guntur District has become the epicentre to a political storm. The ruling and the opposition parties of the state called for a protest called ‘Chalo Atmakur’ on Wednesday. Telugu Desam party alleged that their cadre was being assaulted by the YSR Congress party leaders and the police for the past three months after the YSR Congress came to power. "To protect our cadre and to assure them that the party is always with them, we call for Chalo Atmakur," said TD MLC Ashok babu.
The ruling YSR Congress has also announced that their party leaders are under attack from TD leaders. "We are going to protest against the atrocities of the opposition party and we will go to Atmakur for the moral courage of our cadre" announced Sattenapalli MLA Ambati Rambabu. Both parties have sought the permission of the police to protest against each other.
Telugu Desam is making an uproar over the continued attacks on its leaders in many areas across the state. Recently TD President, Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with the victims and assured them that they would fight with the government to protect the cadre.
"I have never seen this type of cruel governance in my entire political career," lamented the TD President while speaking to the media in Amaravathi on Tuesday. He alleged that TD leaders have become victims of false cases. "Almost 565 attacks were done on TD sympathisers. 8 persons committed suicide due to the harassments from the YCR Congress leaders. We won’t allow this to happen," Chandrababu declared.
Municipal Minister, Botsa Satyanarayana condemned the words of Chandrababu and declared them a gimmick. He announced that their government will not spare anybody if a law and order problem arises. He advised TD leaders not to disturb the peace. Another Minister, M.V.Ramana termed the opposition protest as a 'struggle for existence'. "They tried to make the floods an issue, in which they miserably failed. Chalo Atmakur is another trail for their survival," said Mr.Ramana.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of Police has clarified that there is no permission to resort to any kind of protest in the Palnadu region. Section 144 and Police Act 30 are in force in this area. He advised the political parties not to disturb the law.