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.
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.
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.