TDP offices attacked: Chandrababu Naidu blames ruling YSRCP, calls for statewide bandh

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has issued a call for a statewide Bandh in Andhra Pradesh on October 20 after the party’s head office in Guntur was vandalised by a mob on Tuesday.

Addressing the media, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu termed it a “black day”. He further alleged that the ruling YSRCP government “colluded” with the police to shield the miscreants who vandalised party offices and attacked TDP workers.

“The DGP (Director General of Police) office is a few hundred meters away [from the TDP office that was vandalised], the CM’s house is nearby, still, they attacked. I spoke to the Governor and Union Home Minister, both have responded,” said Chandrababu Naidu.

.#YCPTerroristsAttack pic.twitter.com/k5lc1Aecwp

— Telugu Desam Party (TDP Official) (@JaiTDP) October 19, 2021

He also recalled how his own residence in Amaravati was recently vandalized, allegedly by associates of a YSRCP MLA.

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The former Andhra Pradesh chief minister has requested all Opposition parties to take part in the Bandh called by TDP on Wednesday. Janasena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan, along with state Opposition parties Congress and BJP, condemned the attacks on TDP offices.

What happened in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday

Tension prevailed outside the TDP’s central office in the Mangalagiri area of Guntur allegedly after YSRCP activists attacked the Opposition party headquarters on Tuesday.

“A mob related to YSRCP attacked our office at around 5.30 pm. They ransacked the office and damaged parked vehicles. Our office employees were thrashed. One of our staff suffered serious injuries while another staff member suffered a fracture in his hand. Police only came after the attackers left,” alleged TDP MLC Ashok Babu.

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— Lokesh Nara (@naralokesh) October 19, 2021

Following the attack, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu visited the party office in Guntur and took stock of the situation. He also appealed to CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to ensure the safety of Opposition parties.

The home of TDP spokesperson Pattabhi Ram was also allegedly vandalized in Vijayawada.

In addition, the party also released CCTV footage showing an attack on its office and workers in Chittoor’s Srikalahasthi. The TDP has alleged that simultaneous attacks on its offices took place in Visakhapatnam and Tirupati.

One TDP man wages a brave fight against 30 Goondas. He never gives up. #YCPTerroristsAttack pic.twitter.com/TTcyUhIwC6

— Telugu Desam Party (TDP Official) (@JaiTDP) October 19, 2021

Meanwhile, the ruling YSRCP has denied any involvement in the attacks on TDP offices. Sources in the YSRCP said the attacks could have been triggered by TDP spokesperson Pattabhi Ram’s use of “derogatory language” against CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy during a press conference on Tuesday.

Asked to respond, Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) Gautam D Sawang told India Today, “Strict action will be taken on those making provocative speeches. Nobody should take the law into their hands, action will be taken on those who do so. The police requests citizens to not get provoked and stay calm.”

He added that additional forces have been deployed across the state to prevent any untoward incidents.

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