Ex CM of Andhra Pradesh Naidu’s arrest triggers protests

Independent Media

The Telugu Desam president, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu’s decision to go on a fast on Monday to protest against his detention in Dharmabad by the Maharashtra police sent ripples across the state as party activists took to the streets on Sunday.

Some took out cycle rallies, some organised candlelight demonstrations, some started indefinite fasts while others stalled traffic by organising dharnas. TD legislators also decided to fast along with Mr Naidu to put pressure on the Maharashtra government for the immediate release of their leader and for allowing him to inspect the Babli project.

Seven TD activists from Hyderabad started a fast-unto-death at Ramanthapur to protest Mr Naidu’s arrest. Former mayor Mr T. Krishna Reddy and former minister Mr T. Srinivasa Yadav organised a motorcycle rally on the city roads while the Telugu Desam youth wing held a candlelight protest at Lower Tank Bund.

TD city leaders also organised demonstrations at RTC cross roads, Paradise Centre, Ameerpet, Kukatpally, MJ Market, Bahadurpura, Guljar House and at Nampally.

Raising slogans against the Maharashtra government they demanded the immediate release of Mr Naidu. Effigies of the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Ashok Chavan, and the home minister were also burnt.

TD activists blocked roads at several places in the state and all district headquarters witnessed dharnas by local leaders. TD leaders in Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Ongole, Nellore, Khammam and Ananthapur districts also organised protest marches and submitted memorandums to officials demanding Mr Naidu release.

The CPI and CPM have extended support for TD’s bandh call for Monday and the TD leadership has decided to intensify the agitations to bring pressure on the state government.


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