Andhra Pradesh: In a tense faceoff, police have blocked TDP chief and former CM Chandrababu Naidu’s attempt to leave his residence to lead a protest rally in defiance of his house arrest. As Naidu’s car proceeded towards the main exit, the police secured the main gate using ropes.
Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh have been placed under house arrest ahead of the party’s call for a protest march over increasing attacks on its workers allegedly at the behest of the ruling YSR Congress Party. Section 144 has been imposed in Narasaraopeta, Sattenapalle, Palnadu and Gurajala.
With the TDP cadre not being allowed to protest, Naidu has called for a 12-hour hunger strike across the state. “This is dictatorship, we are being stopped in an undemocratic way. TDP leaders and workers are being harassed. YSRCP MLAs are openly threatening us, saying police is with them,” Nara Lokesh said.
Police did not allow the Telugu Desam Party chief to leave his house at Undavalli in capital Amaravati as he was about to leave for Guntur town to lead the ‘Chalo Atamakur’ rally. Tension prevails around Naidu’s house as TDP leaders coming to meet him are being prevented from entering the house. Nara Lokesh, who came out of the house, took strong exception to the police action. The TDP leader also had an argument with the police officials.