TDP leaders detained for trying to protest on Praja Vedika demolition anniversary

South India

Leaders of Andhra Pradesh opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), who were trying to register their protest against the demolition of 'Praja Vedika', a people’s grievance cell built as an annexe to the resident of party chief Chandrababu Naidu at Amaravati when he was chief minister of the state, on its anniversary have been detained by the police.

The meeting hall was demolished a month after the YSRCP came to power, terming it an illegal construction. On the completion of one year of the demolition, the TDP leaders wanted to visit the site but were stopped by the police, who told them that there was no permission given for any gathering, said a News Minute report.

The leaders detained by the police included former minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Varla Ramaiah, Kollu Ravindra, Nakka Anand Babu and Rajendra Prasad.

Devineni Umamaheswara Rao alleged that the YSRCP government was resorting to undemocratic methods to suppress the voice of the Opposition. He said the government had wasted Rs 9 crore of public money by demolishing 'Praja Vedika'.

Varla Ramaiah said the government continued to pursue vendetta politics by using the police against the Opposition.

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