Andhra Pradesh

Kotamreddy’s arrest brings to fore groupism in YSR Congress Party

War of words: Nellore Rural MLA Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy addressing the media after his release on bail in Nellore on Sunday.

War of words: Nellore Rural MLA Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy addressing the media after his release on bail in Nellore on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: kravikumar

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Nellore Rural MLA sees hand of his Sarvepalli counterpart behind MPDO’s complaint

The arrest of YSR Congress Party Nellore Rural MLA Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy and his associate B. Srikanth Reddy in the early hours of Sunday for alleged intimidation of MPDO A. Sarala brought to the fore groupism in the ruling YSRCP in the SPSR Nellore district.

Mr. Sridhar Reddy and Mr. Srikanth Reddy were arrested and produced after medical examination before the IV First Class Judicial Magistrate who granted them bail later in the day.

Addressing the media after his release, Mr. Sridhar Reddy denied that he had intimidated the Mandal Parishad Development Officer.

He saw the hand of party Sarvepalli MLA Kakani Govardhan Reddy behind the complaint of the MPDO who had allegedly withheld sanction of water supply to a layout developed by a realtor close to him for over three months after getting the approval of the Nellore Urban Development Authority(NUDA) and Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act. Mr. Govardhan Reddy did not react positively when he broached the subject of water supply connection to the layout some days ago, he claimed.

Probe sought

Demanding a ‘high-level’ probe, he said, “I can be removed from the party if found guilty.” He accused Nellore Superintendent of Police Aishwarya Rastogi, ‘appointed by the previous TDP government to the post,’ of taking advantage of the ‘free hand’ given by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, to arrest him and his associate Srikanth Reddy at odd hours under ‘trumped up charges.’ “Every one knows how my supporters in Nellore Rural Assembly constituency are put to trouble by the Nellore police for long,” he alleged.

High drama

A high drama prevailed at the time of arrest as supporters of the MLA offered stiff resistance since intervening night of Saturday and Sunday by staging a noisy protest.

“After preliminary probe it appeared that the MLA and his associate are prima facie involved,” Nellore Rural DSP K.V. Raghava Reddy said, adding further investigation would be taken up by examining witnesses and electronic evidences.

The MPDO complained to the Nellore Rural police that the MLA had allegedly gone to her house in Kallurupalli on Friday night and abused the inmates and warned of dire consequences if she did not comply with his diktat to give water connection to the layout. Power and cable TV connections to her house were snapped at the behest of the MLA, she complained.

Taking a serious note, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had sought a report from Director General of Police Gautam Swang and directed the Nellore police to act as per law.

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