Special Correspondent

Congress accused of creating a rift among people of the three regions

‘Police remained mute spectators to attacks on non-Telangana people’

TIRUPATI: State and district party leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Friday held a novel protest against the physical attack on TDLP leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy allegedly by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) cadres on the Osmania University campus on Thursday.

Sitting partly blind-folded with their mouths gagged with a black cloth, the TDP cadres sat on a dharna at the Rajiv Gandhi statue near the corporation building and carrying placards condemning the attack on Mr. Janardhan Reddy and other half-a-dozen TDP legislators.

State TDP organising secretary Narasimha Yadav, Tirupati City unit leader Soora Sudhakar Reddy and other leaders in their signed statement, regretted that if this was the fate of a veteran party leader like Mr. Janardhan Reddy who is also the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, god alone must save the lives of ordinary people from the Andhra-Rayalaseema area in the coming days in Hyderabad.

They lashed out at the Congress for creating a rift among the people of the three regions of the State who had been living in perfect harmony.

They squarely blamed the Congress for plunging the State into an unprecedented turmoil with its ‘blind greed’ for power.

They wondered whether a government was existing at all in the State and if it did so, what was it doing to restore law and order.

It was in this context that the leaders symbolically presented a memorandum to the statue of Rajiv Gandhi asking him to see as to what his party leaders had done to the State, where the government and police had become mute spectators to the brazen attacks on non-Telangana people and their business establishments, film units, etc.

Others TDP functionaries who participated in the dharna were R.C. Munikrishna, Neelam Balaji, Vijayalakshmi and Sridevi.