TDP delegation meets AP Governor over Naidu's detention at Vizag airport

South India

VIJAYAWADA: A Telugu Desam Party (TDP) delegation met Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.

The delegation complained to him against the ruling YSRCP government's move to detain Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu at the Visakhapatnam airport earlier this week.

They sought that the Governor should take strict action and asked for a report on the incident from the state police and the YSRCP government.

They have complained to the Governor and presented a memorandum explaining everything

"The YSRCP-led government in its pursuit of revenge and paranoid politics is sabotaging democratic norms by using sheer force to suppress the any rightful dissent," the memorandum read.

On Saturday, the TDP blamed the YSRCP government for obstructing Naidu's tour to Visakhapatnam and Vizianagaram districts, though he had taken permission from the police before his visit.

"Police gave permission for N Chandrababu Naidu's tour in Visakhapatnam district. But two ministers - Botsa Satyanarayana and M Srinivas Rao - gave a call to block Chandrababu Naidu," TDP leader Varla Ramaiah said while speaking to media.

"When he came out, he was obstructed by some of the members YSRCP activists. The police miserably failed in keeping law and order there”, he added.

"The police should have prevented the YSRCP workers, instead they arrested N Chandrababu Naidu and confined him to the airport," he said.

On February 27, TDP chief Naidu was taken into preventive detention by police at the Visakhapatnam airport and later sent back to Vijayawada.

The workers stopped his convoy by lying down on the road while raising slogans of 'Babu go back' and 'Jai Jagan'.

Subsequently, Naidu along with his supporters sat on the road to protest against the police for not allowing him to go ahead with his visit to the port city and the north coastal region.

As the situation continued, police moved to detain Naidu.

The TDP chief wanted the police officers to give them in writing as to why they want to arrest him. Later, the officers gave him in writing that they are arresting him under Section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Naidu was on a two-day visit to Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam.

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