PR lodges complaint

Special Correspondent

Party leaders meet CEC, rights panel chief in wake of alleged attack by Congress workers

NEW DELHI: A delegation of Praja Rajyam (PR) leaders led by former Union Minister P. Shivshankar met Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and complained against the Congress for the alleged attack on PR leaders at Pulivendula in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.

Complaining that the State machinery, including the police, in charge of maintaining law and order had done nothing to prevent such attacks and provide security to the party leaders, the delegation pointed out that due to these incidents the prospect of holding the forthcoming Lok Sabha/Assembly elections in the State in a free and fair manner remained bleak.

They wanted the EC to intervene and take appropriate steps.

The delegates, who included former MLA Tammineni Sitaram and party spokesperson Parkala Prabhakar, also met National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Justice S. Rajendra Babu and sought proper investigation into the attacks.

Hyderabad Special Correspondent adds: The PR also sought the intervention of Governor N.D. Tiwari, urging him to bring to the notice of President Pratibha Patil, the grave threat to the Constitution with reference to the attack on party leaders by Congressmen in Pulivendula in Kadapa district on Tuesday.

On Thursday evening, a PR delegation led by general secretary Allu Aravind called on Mr. Tiwari at the Raj Bhavan and submitted a memorandum explaining the law and order situation in the State. Mr. Aravind was accompanied by spokesmen P. Mitra and others.

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