Nellore: Protesting the arrest of MP Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy, activists of Congress party organised a rally and staged a rasta roko at Gandhi Statue in the city on Saturday.
They raised slogans condemning Mr. Jagan's arrest and blamed the TRS leaders for Friday's violence in Warangal and Nalgonda districts. PCC secretary Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy, corporator Tati Venkateswarlu, Youth Congress city unit leader V. Shiva Kumar and others participated in the rasta roko.
Kadapa Special Correspondent writes:
Congress MLC Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy on Saturday urged the government to register criminal cases against Telangana Rashtra Samithi leaders who camped in Mahabubabad in Warangal district and perpetrated violence in a bid to prevent Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's ‘Odarpu Yatra', meant to console the kin of persons who lost their lives in the aftermath of the abrupt demise of former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Speaking to newsmen in Pulivendula, Mr. Reddy faulted the arrest of Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy and alleged that some miscreants created needless ruckus to obstruct the yatra with malicious motives. The MP had informed the government as well as political leaders that his yatra is not a political one but was a personal and humanitarian one to console the victims, he said
In a bid to safeguard its political existence, TRS leaders incited anti-social elements in Mahabubabad and they resorted to destruction of railway property and attacked public representatives and Congress functionaries, he alleged. He sought a comprehensive inquiry into yesterday's incidents in Warangal district and stern action against those guilty of spearheading violence.
Anantapur Staff Reporter adds:
The city observed a near total bandh. The bandh call was given by Y.S. Jagan Yuva Sena. Shops and establishments, banks, post offices, ATM centres and government establishments downed their shutters. No untoward incidents were reported, said the police.
Kurnool Special Correspondent writes:
Allagadda town observed a bandh. Former MP Bhuma Nagireddy and other PR leaders actively took part in the protest programme.
They said though the PR did not call for a bandh, they took the initiative to protect the interests of people living in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. Chandrababu, a Mala Mahanadu activist, undertook fast at Tahsildar Office in support of Mr. Reddy.
Meanwhile, Congress Seva Dal district chairman B. Satyam Yadav, chief organiser Shanawaz Khan demanded action against the TRS chief and his party. They urged the centre to take action against KCR before things went out of hand. Dalit leader K. Balasundaram, Tyagaraju and Seshaphani objected to KCR's stand on Jagan's tour.
They said the people of Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra will be deeply hurt if the government does not ensure their free movement.
Some leaders said Mr. Reddy is dragging the leaders belonging to weaker sections into a mess while those who benefited during his father's regime were spared from the controversy.
GUNTUR: The bandh called by supporters of Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy protesting against his arrest evoked partial response in the district on Saturday.
Shops and other commercial establishments downed their shutters for a while as the supporters were on the road, but opened soon after they had left. Cinema halls opened normally and ran all the shows.
At the busy Sankar Vilas junction, supporters of various leaders burnt effigy of TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao and raised slogans against him.
The supporters were led by ‘Diamond Babu', a close aide of PCC secretary Ambati Rambabu and youth president K. Ashok Reddy, supporters of Agricultural Market Committee Chairman Lella Appi Reddy. Auto Union leader Ravi Kumar and others took part in the protests.
The youth carrying posters of former Chief Minister Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy and his son Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy rode in groups on their motorcycles and tried to enforce a bandh in Guntur town.
Police were deployed at all major traffic junctions as a precautionary measure and prevent any untoward incident.
The United Andhra Joint Action Committee members, comprising all party leaders, too staged a dharna and burnt the effigy of KCR.