Several Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, including former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh, are under house arrest since Wednesday morning. The two leaders along with their supporters were sitting on hunger strike at 8 am at their residence in protest against the government. The police administration imposed Section 144 in sensitive areas including Atmakur.
Naidu could not meet the media. He said that this is the dark day of democracy. Apart from Chandrababu, the administration has also detained many of his supporters. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy accused Chandrababu and his supporters of spreading violence. He said that they took this decision keeping in mind the security system.
TDP workers are being harassed: Lokesh
Narandesh, an intern at Undavalli, said, “It is our constitutional right to protest. Administration or government cannot stop us. Our workers are being persecuted. The ruling party is trying to break the TDP. YSR Congress MLAs are openly threatening. They say that the police are with them. Our leaders are under house arrest. It is a murder of democracy.
Chandrababu appealed for a one-day hunger strike
Chandrababu protested, accusing Jagan Reddy of committing political violence. He appealed to his supporters to sit on hunger strike in their respective areas from 8 am to 8 pm on Wednesday. Also, the TDP had also given the slogan ‘Chalo Atmakur’. Chandrababu has also accused Jagan’s party of killing TDP supporters.
TDP accused of killing eight activists
The TDP said that its cadres are receiving threats. The party claimed that it had killed eight activists in the last three months. Most of them were from Atmakur and Palnadu region of Guntur district. In protest, Chandrababu appealed to TDP supporters to rally from Guntur to Atmakur village in Palnadu on Wednesday.