A spirited bid by supporters of the YSR Congress led by city convenor Lella Appireddy to storm the residence of Minister for Agriculture Kanna Lakshminarayana was foiled by a strong contingent of paramilitary forces and local police here on Tuesday.

Tension mounted at the residence of the Minister in Nagarampalem as the YSRC supporters marched in a bid to lay a siege to his house. A sizeable contingent of police, including forces in riot gear of Central Industrial Security Force and local police, kept a vigil on all the four internal roads leading to the Minister’s house. The supporters led by Mr. Appireddy and district unit president Marri Rajasekhar trooped in but they were stopped in their tracks by the police who put up a barbed wire fence. The leaders squatted on the road demanding that they should be let in but the unrelenting police thwarted their attempts. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Guntur West, Ch. Venkateswara Rao, instructed the policemen to forcibly lift the leaders and take them to the police station. The leaders continued their agitation on the premises of Nagarampalem police station. Mr. Reddy and Mr. Rajasekhar demanded that the Minister should resign at once and express his solidarity with the movement. “It is 70 days since the agitation took off, but surprisingly Kanna did not utter a word against the decision to bifurcate the state,” said Mr. Rajasekhar.