Former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, his son Nara Lokesh and several TDP leaders, have been placed under house arrest in view of party’s call for protest march, later today. The Telugu Desam Party decided to take out the protest march over increasing attack on its workers allegedly by the ruling YSR Congress Party.
Naidu is not even allowed to meet the media in view of his house arrest over the ‘Chalo Atmakur’ rally. Section 144 has been imposed in Narasaraopeta, Sattenapalle, Palnadu and Gurajala of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. With the TDP cadre not being allowed to protest, Naidu has called for a 12-hour hunger strike across the state.
“This ineffective government is creating obstacles at every step of the Chalo Atmakur program launched by TDP today… This is the pinnacle of the Tughlaq rule,” Nara Lokesh tweeted.
The TDP has alleged that eight party workers had been killed, most of them in the Palnadu region, in the attacks by the YSRCP leaders. Over 500 TDP activists and sympathisers had been attacked since the announcement of election results in May, it added.
Director General of Police Gowtham Sawang said yesterday that no meeting, rally, procession or protest could be staged in the region as Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code and Section 30 of the Police Act were in force. With the TDP firm on staging the protest ‘Chalo Atmakur’, the police chief said nobody should create any law and order problem.