Tirupati: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was detaned by police at Renigunta Airport near here on Monday.
Police detained Mr Naidu at the Airport and not allowed him to take up agitations at various places in this district.
Condemning the police act, the Opposition leader in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly staged a sit-in protest inside the arrival lounge of the Airport and wanted the police to allow him to express their right of protest against ruling YSRCP’s atrocities at his party workers.
He also questioned the police as to why he was being stopped from attending his programmes though he had served as Chief Minister for 14 years and now the leader of the opposition in the state.
With the police have served arrest notice to the TDP National President, tension prevailed outside the Airport where hundreds of TDP workers gathered on hearing the news and resorted to agitation condemning the detaining of their leader.
Police had a tough time for controlling the TDP activists.
Earlier in the day, arrests of TDP leaders were made at various places in this district including in Tirupati where party Parliamentary incharge G Narasimha Yadav, former MLA M Suguna and other leaders were held at the Airport who went there to receive Mr Naidu.
The police have not decided yet where to shift Mr Naidu from the Airport.
Meanwhile, prominent leaders of the party geared up for a massive protest across the district against the detaining of their leader at the Airport.
Tirupati Urban District Superintendent of Police Ch Venkata Appala Naidu reveled to media persons that the
opposition leader who are here for organizing dharnas have not got permission as the Model Code of
Conduct (MCC) of local body election is still in force