Vijayawada: Telugu Desam Party leaders vehemently condemned the detention of TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Renigunta Airport and demanded the YSRCP government to explain to the people whether Mr Naidu has no right to hold meetings with party activists.
TDP Andhra Pradesh unit President K Atchannaidu reminded that Mr Naidu served as the Chief Minister for over 14 years and had over 40 years long political standing.
The ruling YSRCP leaders had no right to create obstacles for the visits of such a senior leader. The common people have doubts now whether they were under a jungle raj after the YSRCP came to power, Mr Atchannaidu said.
In a statement here,he also condemned the house arrests of the TDP leaders in Chittoor district ahead of Mr.Naidu’s tour in Tirupati.
With what right, the police had arrested the Opposition leaders without assigning valid reasons?, he questioned, stating that the ruling party leaders were forgetting the fact that Mr. Naidu was also an NSG protectee.
Mr. Atchannaidu accused Chief Minister Y S Jagan Reddy of behaving like a ‘Hitler and Mussolini’ with total contempt towards democratic systems and ideologies.
The Jagan Mohan Reddy regime was allegedly pursuing an agenda of arrogance, adamance, dictatorship and political vendetta.
Thousands of people were allowed to take part in rallies and meetings of caste associations but no permission was being given to democratic protests of the Opposition leaders.
Meanwhile, large number of TDP activists were protesting against the detention of Mr Naidu at various places across the state by holding party flags and raising slogans.
TDP senior leaders including Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, MLC Batchula Arjunudu, former Ministers Peethala Sujata and Kalva Srinivasulu were among those who condemned the detention of the party National President.
It may be mentioned here that the former Chief Minister was detained in the Renigunta International airport in Chittoor district this morning by the police on the grounds that he was violating guidelines.
Mr.Naidu protested the detention by squatting on the floor in the Airport.