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TDP and Congress' protests in Vizianagaram

April 23, 2012 - Vijayanagaram

The Telugu Desam and Congress parties have geared up for the protests in Vizianagaram district. The Telugu Desam Party is protesting on the liquor syndicate issue. TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu will lead the dharna at the Collectorate. The party will highlight the alleged involvement of Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana and his family members in the liquor business.

Meanwhile, the Congress leaders are staging a similar demonstration against the liquor business of TDP leaders. On Sunday, PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana alleged that the TDP is trying to gain political mileage by making personal allegations against him. He demanded Chandrababu to hold a similar demonstration in his home town of Chittoor district. Botcha said that the TDP is trying to create a law and order situation in Vizianagaram.

The Vizianagaram district administration have tried to defer the parties' protest. District Collector M Veerabrahmaih and Superintendent of Police Karthikeya held a joint meeting on Sunday and urged the two sites to postpone their agitation. Permission was not given to either of the sides to hold protests. Section 144 and 30 were in effect. Karthikeya told reporters that they are ready to face any situation and said that they will not back down on arrests if required. Over 3000 Police personnel were deployed to safeguard the law and order near the Collectorate premises.

Chandrababu reaches Visakhapatnam

TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu has reached Visakhapatnam in the morning. He received a grand welcome from his party workers at he airport. Chandrababu later headed to Vizianagaram by road. Since the police denied permission to hold protests, Chandrababu is likely to be arrested at Tagarapuvalasa. Telugu Desam Party MLA Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu suffered minor injuries at the Visakhapatnam airport. A minor clash broke out with the police and the TDP party workers when they arrived at the airport to receive Chandrababu.

Speaking to reporters at the airport, Chandrababu Naidu criticized the Government for forcing the officials to commit irregularities to cover up their wrongful acts. He said that the Congress party is trying to make a fool out of people by their acts. He has seen several politicians like Botcha Satyanarayana in the past and that they are ready to face any situation to fight for the people of the state, he said.

The Telugu Desam Party convoy in which TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu was travelling was stopped by the police at Boyapalem in Vizianagaram. He was stopped as the police has denied permission to the TDP for staging a dharna in the district. A minor clash between the police and TDP leaders broke out. The convoy later headed towards Vizianagaram when the TDP party workers removed the barricades.

TDP senior leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that the Government should be ashamed to be using such a heavy police force to prevent them from staging a protest against the liquor syndicates. It is unfortunate that the police are stopping them from staging a dharna, he said.

YSR Congress alleges match-fixing

The YSR Congress Party has alleged that the competing dharnas near the Vizianagaram collectorate is part of the understanding between the two parties. The leaders of the YSRCP said that dharnas are all part of the match-fixing between Congress and TDP to divert the people and said that the people are not naive to believe their political dramas.

No Issue if Protests are staged peacefully

Meanwhile, DIG Sowmya Mishra said that she has no issue with the protests if they are being held peacefully. The Congress leaders have begun their rally towards the Collectorate. Minister Thota Narsimham took part in the Congress' dharna. Mishra said that only 100 members will be allowed inside the Collectorate premises.

Chandrababu reaches Vizianagaram

After reaching Vizianagaram, Chandrababu Naidu headed straight to Ashok Gajupati Raju's bungalow. He later went on a rally to the Collectorate. Ashok Gajupati Raju, Kala Venkat Rao, Haimavati, Bandaru Satyananda Murthy etc. took part in the rally.

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