Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and several leaders of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have been put under house arrest. The arrest, as per government sources, is to prevent them from participating in a protest against the government run by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Considering the chances of violence, large gatherings are banned by the police in Palnadu region which is the worst affected by political rivalries.
The TDP had planned a protest against alleged intimidation by the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). Mr Naidu’s party alleged eight TDP workers have been killed and several face threats from Mr Reddy’s party that completed 100 days in power last week. However, the ruling party, the YSR Congress, has accused the TDP of attacking its activists. The arrested includes the son of Chandrababu Naidu.
“It’s a dark day for democracy,” said Mr Naidu, who will sit on a fast till 8 pm today. Some of the TDP leaders who are under house arrest are Devineni Avinash, Kesineni Nani and Bhooma Akhilapriya. In turn, the ruling party has also planned a counter-march today in protest against alleged violence unleashed by the previous government led by Mr Naidu.