The city is popularly known for its political activity. Of late, it is witnessing an unusual environment.
Political parties, which generally trade charges against one another, are descending on the Police Commissioner’s office with complaints that they are receiving threat calls from unknown persons and that their cadre is being intimidated.
These complaints point to a triangular political fight between the TDP, the YSR Congress, and the Congress.
YSR Congress Party leaders recently alleged that Congress leaders, including MLAs, were intimidating their cadre and asking them not to work for the YSR Congress. A motorcycle was torched in Ayodhya Nagar.
YSR Congress leader P. Gowtham Reddy suspects it to be the handiwork of the Congress. Uppuleti Kalpana has also lodged a complaint saying that false cases are being registered at the behest of Congress leaders.
On the other hand, MLC and Telugu Desam Party leader Y.V.B. Rajendra Prasad lodged a complaint stating that he was receiving calls and letters from unidentified persons threatening him of dire consequences if he did not stop criticising the YSR Congress. In the complaint, he had asked the police to step up his security.
Party Urban unit president Vallabhaneni Vamsi and Congress former corporator Arava Satyam, a trusted lieutenant of former Minister Devineni Rajasekhar, are at loggerheads. The TDP leader lodged a complaint at Machavaram police station against Mr. Arava Satyam recently. It was the second in a row.
Mr. Vamsi and Vijayawada (Central) in charge Bonda Umamaheswara Rao lodged a complaint with the Commissioner in October urging him to keep a tab on the activities of Mr. Satyam. In his recent complaint, Mr. Vamsi said an unknown person videographed the proceedings of the meeting at his party office in Division One of the city.
The TDP and Congress leaders were at loggerheads ever since the TDP undertook padayatra in the Gunadala area.