The Kadapa District Cooperative Central Bank chairman and vice-chairman election was put off for the second successive day on Wednesday amidst a highly-charged atmosphere with the alleged kidnap of District Cooperative Officer Chandrasekhar, hurling of slippers at Congress MLA G. Veerasiva Reddy and a day-long dharna by YSR Congress MLAs and leaders in front of the DCCB office here.
The uncertainty that prevailed regarding the election was over with District Collector K. Sasidhar stating in a press conference on Wednesday that the election would be held at 8 a.m. on February 21 with Deputy Registrar M. Venkatasubbaiah acting as election officer as per orders received from the State Cooperative Registrar. The DCO was traced and brought back to Kadapa and the police were investigating if he was kidnapped, he said. Security was provided to the new election officer and DCCB Directors were served notices about the election, he said.
YSRC MLAs G. Srikanth Reddy, A. Amarnath Reddy and K. Srinivasulu, MLC C. Narayana Reddy, former Minister Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, former MLAs S. Raghuram Reddy and M.V. Ramana Reddy, leaders and elected Directors owing allegiance to the party reached the DCCB before 7 a.m. They squatted in protest before the bank on knowing that the DCO was missing since last night.
As YSRC functionaries raised pro-YSR slogans, Mr. Veerasiva Reddy and Mr. Varadarajulu Reddy and their followers came there. Protesting a remark by Mr. Veerasiva Reddy, some persons hurled slippers at him and the MLA challenged the YSRC members. Mr. Veerasiva Reddy and his son G. Anil Kumar Reddy, a DCCB Director, lodged a complaint in Kadapa One Town police station.
In turn, YSRC SC Cell chairman P. Sunil Kumar lodged a complaint alleging that Mr. Veerasiva Reddy and Mr. Varadarajulu Reddy had abused him in the name of caste. Both cases were registered. Meanwhile, Mr. Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy threatened self-immolation if alternative arrangements were not made and the election process did not begin by 11.30 a.m.
As the YSRC members continued their dharna, Mr. Veerasiva Reddy alleged, in a press conference in the District Congress office, that Ministers D.L. Ravindra Reddy and C. Ramachandraiah worked against Congress in the cooperative elections and demanded their ouster from the Cabinet.
In the meantime, DCO Chandrasekhar complained in Molakalacheruvu police station in Thamballapalle mandal in Chittoor district that he had been kidnapped by four persons from before his house in Kadapa around 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday and let off in Molakalacheruvu around 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Chittoor police escorted him to Kadapa, where he met the District Collector and was then kept in Kadapa One Town police station.
Mr. Chandrasekhar told newsmen in the police station that four persons forcibly took him in a Sumo saying that Ministers and MLAs wanted to speak to him and dropped him in Molakalacheruvu.
One Town Circle Inspector Shaukat Ali said the statement of the DCO was taken on Wednesday and that of his wife last night and investigation was in progress.
YSRC MLAs and leaders ended their protest following the announcement that the election would be held on February 21.