Section 144 in Andhra after TDP calls for Chalo Atmakur protest

Section 144 and Section 30 of the Police Act has been imposed in Andhra Pradesh’s Palnadu after TDP has called for staging the protest ‘Chalo Atmakur’. Director General of Police Gowtham Sawang said that the sections has been imposed to maintain the law and order and for public safety.

However, TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu said they would go ahead with the protest to highlight the excesses committed on their cadre by the YSRCP leaders. The former chief minister, who will be leading the march, has asked party leaders and workers to stage protests wherever the police stop them. Stating that the TDP will go ahead with the protest, Naidu’s son and party general secretary Nara Lokesh tweeted their struggle would continue till justice was done to the victims of violence perpetrated by the YSRCP. The TDP alleged eight party workers had been killed, most of them in the Palnadu region, in the attacks by the YSRCP leaders. Over 500 TDP activists and sympathisers had been attacked since the announcement of election results in May, it added.

Naidu will be meeting the victims violence at a camp in Guntur, set up by the TDP. To counter the TDP’s ‘Chalo Atmakur’ march, the YSRCP has decided to stage its own protest with victims of the attacks by TDP leaders. YSRCP spokesman Ambati Rambabu said despite facing crushing defeat in the elections Naidu was resorting to gimmicks. The YSRCP at its rally would highlight the repression by TDP on its cadres, he said.