TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, son Nara Lokesh placed under house arrest

Topics Chandrababu Naidu | TDP

N Chandrababu Naidu

Telugu Desam Chief N Chandrababu Naidu and his son N Lokesh were placed under house arrest while several party leaders, including MLAs were taken into custody on Wednesday in an bid to stop them from organising an agitation in Guntur district against alleged eviction of some villagers.

Simultaneously, some leaders of the ruling YSR Congress were also detained in Guntur as they too gave a call for a similar programme as a counter to the TDP.

The TDP announced that Naidu would be observing a day-long fast inside his riverfront residence at Undavalli here in protest against the police action.

The TDP President wanted to lead a group of people belonging to Palnadu region of Guntur district to a village called Atmakuru.

"I have planned to go to Atmakuru to drop the villagers

who were driven out by YSRC men and police back in their village. This is not an agitation but solidarity with the people who are victims of political factionism," Naidu, who is the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, said.

Alleging that the TDP was only seeking to create a scene using "paid artists," the YSRC too gave a call for 'Chalo Atmakuru' but police denied permission to both sides and clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr PC.

A large police force has been deployed in Atmakuru and also in Palnadu region to prevent untoward incidents. PTI DBV.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief N. Chandrababu Naidu and his son, Nara Lokesh have been put under house arrest.

— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2019
Earlier on Wednesday, the agency had reported that the Andhra Pradesh police had put several TDP leaders under house arrest in view of the party's call for the 'Chalo Atmakur' rally, alleging political violence by the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). Section 144 has been imposed in Narasaraopeta, Sattenapalle, Palnadu and Gurajala. According to ANI, the police said that TDP had no permission for the rally.

Andhra Pradesh police have put several TDP leaders under house arrest in view of party's call for ‘Chalo Atmakur’ rally,today,alleging political violence by YSRCP. Sec 144 imposed in Narasaraopeta,Sattenapalle,Palnadu&Gurajala. Police say TDP has no permission for 'chalo atmakur'

— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2019

The agency had also reported that Chandrababu Naidu would hold a hunger strike from 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday at his residence.

TDP Chief & former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to sit on a hunger strike from 8 am to 8 pm today

— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2019

Further, it reported that TDP leaders and workers who were trying to go to Chandrababu Naidu's residence were stopped by the police and taken into preventive custody.

Andhra Pradesh: TDP leaders and workers who were trying to go to Chandrababu Naidu's residence stopped by police and taken into preventive custody.

— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2019

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel