Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was placed under house arrest on Wednesday at Undavalli in Guntur district following his ‘Chalo Atmakur’ call to protest alleged attacks by the ruling-YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on TDP workers.
Tension ran high after YSRCP announced a counter-rally, following which the police imposed section 144 in the district and took some TDP workers into preventive custody.
Along with Naidu, his son and TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh was also placed under house arrest. Calling it a “dark day in democracy", Naidu lashed out against the YSRCP government, led by chief minister Y. S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Addressing the media from his residence, Naidu called Reddy a “failed CM" and vowed to continue his fight.
A statement from the chief minister’s office on Wednesday, quoting the state’s director general of police Gautam Sawang, said Naidu “was taken into preventive custody (house arrest) as his actions are increasing tensions and creating disturbance to law and order in the Palnadu region of Guntur district."
Naidu announced the ‘Chalo Atmakur’ call on Wednesday, intending to travel to Guntur and Prakasam districts to “console" the families of party workers, victims of the alleged violence.
To foil his bid, the YSRCP also announced a march. In a statement on Tuesday, YSRCP alleged that its own party workers have faced violence at the hands of TDP MLAs and ministers, when they were in power during 2014-19.
In the 2019 assembly and Lok Sabha elections, the YSRCP won with a thumping majority. It won 151 of the 175 assembly seats, and 22 of the 25 parliamentary constituencies, reducing TDP to just 23 MLAs and three MPs.