HYDERABAD: There were a spate of protests by leaders of political parties and people’s organisations in several districts demanding recall of Governor N.D. Tiwari following the telecast of a programme by a news channel accusing him of involvement in a sex scandal.
Security was beefed up outside the Raj Bhavan here soon after the telecast. A large posse of khaki-clad law enforcers, including those from the APSP, CRPFand Karnataka State Police and barbed wire around the entrance did not deter the waves of protests by activists. The additional police were specially drawn by the AP Government to contain the agitation over a separate Telangana.
Angry protestors who waved placards and shouted slogans demanding Mr. Tiwari’s recall were whisked away to different police stations on several occasions.
The BJP Mahila Morcha members were the first to reach and were soon after bundled into waiting vans. Four activists of the Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi caught the police unawares when they suddenly appeared on the scene and extracting scarves and caps rushed towards the gates. Women rights activists thronged the place in batches. Fifteen AIDWA activists were followed by 10 from the CPI-affiliated Mahila Samakhya and were immediately arrested by the waiting women constables. ‘Shame Shame,’, they shouted from the vans.
Placard-wielding activists of Chaitanya Mahila Samaakhya and POWwere next. Marching along the road from Khairatabad, they were not even allowed to reach the Raj Bhavan gates.
In Tirupati, there were protest demonstrations from the rank and file of parties expressing their ire at the way a Constitutionally-sacrosanct Raj Bhavan was allegedly used as the venue.
Police had a tough time foiling attempts of the demonstrators from burning effigies of Mr. Tiwari.
CPI (M) cadres staged a ‘rasta roko’ at Yasoda Nagar , while girl members of SFI, shouted slogans condemning the incidents. The BJP also reacted similarly and its Yuva Morcha State president G. Bhanuprakash Reddy demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. In Kadapa, CPI and Telugu Desam leaders sought Mr. Tiwari’s recall. In Nellore, the BJP demanded a probe.