Monday, November 20, 2017
The police have into custody the leaders of various political parties who attempted to take out the ‘Chalo Assembly’ programme demanding Special Category Status to the State.
Leaders of the YSRCP, the CPI, CPI(Marxist), ‘Prateyka Hoda Sadhana Samithi’ and other affiliated organizations gave the call for the programme. The leaders organized meetings on Sunday and chalked out plans to make it a success. They planned to organize a rally from the Tummalapalli Kala Kshetram and proceeds towards Assembly.
The police foiled the plans and arrested 357 agitators. The police said that they would deal sternly with the agitators as there was no permission for the programme. They arranged pickets and deployed additional forces to prevent the protesters from reaching the Assembly.
‘Prateyka Hoda Sadhana Samithi leaders Shivaji and Chalasani Srinivas who reached the city from West Godavari around midnight were taken into custody and shifted to Hyderabad according to police sources. CPI and CPI(M) State secretaries K.Ramakrishna and P.Madhu, YSRCP leaders Kolusu Parthasarathy and A.Srinivas were among those arrested. They were shifted to various police stations and security at the Assembly was beefed up.
Struggle for SCS to continue:: Meanwhile, APCC has announced that it will continue its struggle for SCS status to the State as assured in the Reorganization Act and exhorted the youth to gear up for agitations to mount pressure on the State and Centre. APCC president N.Raghuveera Reddy accused the ruling TDP and the BJP of betraying the people of the State by stating that it is a closed chapter. He said the police went to the extent of removing tents and chairs at Dharna Chowk in Vijayawada. He said that the SCS will give exemption from GST and will result in savings of over Rs.28,000 crore on their part, he said.
Ready to discuss on SCS in Assembly:: The Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu objecting to the Chalo Assembly agitation on SCS said that they are making a hue and cry over the issue. He said that they should take their fight to the street of Delhi instead of seeking to derive political mileage out of it. Making a statement in the Assembly, he said the Central government was not giving SCS to any State and that AP was one of the 29 States for it to take care of it. He had consented to the special package by trusting the Centre’s assurance that it was more beneficial than the SCS. He expressed his readiness to have SCS taken up a short discussion under any other rule in the Assembly to state the facts and the steps taken by the government.