Chandrababu Naidu and his son had been kept under house arrest by authorities in their home on the banks of Krishna river in Vundavalli in Andhra Pradesh. The authorities stopped Naidu and his son Lokesh, who’s an MLC, when they were heading into Atmakur village in Palnadu region in Guntur district combined with 127 households, who were allegedly assaulted and hounded from the area from the judgment YSR Congress ranks a month. Telugu Desam Party president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and his lawmaker son Nara Lokesh have been put under house arrest to prevent them from engaging in a massive protest against the ruling state government led by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. The former chief minister, on hunger strike, termed the police actions as”dreadful” and”unprecedented in history.”
The police stopped Naidu and his son Lokesh, who’s an MLC, when they were heading into Atmakur village in Palnadu region in Guntur district combined with 127 households, who were allegedly assaulted and hounded from the area from the judgment YSR Congress rankings last month.
The Andhra Pradesh police, banning the big gatherings in the region, locked up the father-son duo in their home on the banks of Krishna river in Vundavalli and pasted a note on the gate that said that the TDP leader can’t leave the premises. The authorities also set up barricades on the pathway leading to Naidu’s home and tied the front terrace with ropes in order to prevent him being pushed from the home.
Furious Naidu ripped to the ruling party, asserting political vendetta. A number of our party leaders, including MPs and MLAs, have been taken into custody in different places. It’s a black day in the history of this country,” Naidu said, asking TDP leaders and cadres to take up day-long quickly in protest.
“We all wanted to do would be to take out a rally and then send the victims back to their villages. I don’t know how it would lead to law and order breakdown,” Naidu said.
The’evicted’ villagers were taking refuge in a”rehabilitation camp” being organised by the TDP in its headquarters in Guntur for the previous nine days. This afternoon, the authorities in addition to the revenue officialswent into the camp and recognized as many as 200 individuals belonging to five cities from Palnadu region. Following a short probe, the government made arrangements for altering them back to their villages in buses assuring them security and safety.
Earlier in the day, the authorities resorted to house-arrest of many TDP leaders such as MLAs and MPs as a preventative measure. Vijayawada MP Kesineni Nani, former minister Gollapalli Surya Rao, TDP youth wing president Devineni Avinash, MLC Dinesh Reddy and many others were taken into custody in the Prakasam Barrage linking Vijayawada and Guntur.
Director General of Police Gautam Sawang declared that prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Cr PC was enforced in Palnadu region and there was no question of allowing any events, demonstrations and meetings in the area as it may result in law and order breakdown.
Meanwhile, the YSR Congress party leaders also sought the authorities permission to take a counter rally from Guntur to Atmakur to express their solidary with the villagers who had faced harassment and torture throughout the TDP regime. The authorities denied consent to them.
YSRC MLC and spokesman Ummareddy Venkateshwarlu described Naidu’s protests and his attempt to take out a rally to Palnadu as a high play, only to establish his identity. “The Palnadu region is calm, following five decades of violent rule by the TDP. But Naidu is attempting to spoil the peaceful atmosphere there,” he alleged.
“We are prepared to go for the TDP leaders to prove their allegations wrong,” they said.