The BJP leadership in Andhra Pradesh is serious now about TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu’s protest against the party. They accuse Chandrababu Naidu of provoking physical attacks on BJP leaders which Naidu himself dislikes in his case. On several occasions, Chandrababu Naidu had arrested the Opposition leaders wherever he visited to avoid physical protests. But, he had prompted his own party leaders to hold a protest when BJP chief Amit Shah visited Tirupati. This had come under sharp criticism by the BJP leaders, who complained to State DGP Malakondaiah and submitted a memorandum demanding stringent action against the TDP activists who attacked Amit Shah in Tirupati. They said they would take ‘necessary political action’ if the State government failed to bring to book those responsible for the attack on the convoy of the BJP president.
Seeking a thorough enquiry into the incident, MLC Somu Veerraju and other State leaders urged the DGP to initiate criminal proceedings against the culprits without bowing to pressure from the ruling party. They further requested the State police chief to initiate disciplinary action against the Tirupati urban police for failing to provide adequate security to Amit Shah.
“We request you to book the culprits under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code without being influenced by the party in power. The BJP State unit is not convinced by the crocodile tears of the TDP. If action is not taken, the BJP will take necessary political action,” they said in the memorandum submitted to the DGP.
Before meeting the DGP at Mangalagiri, Veerraju held a press conference in Vijayawada, and held Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu responsible for the incident at Alipiri. “Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu should apologise to the BJP national president. If Chandrababu Naidu is honest and sincere as he claims, he should ensure that action is taken against the police officials, and his party activists responsible for the incident,” he demanded.
Referring to Naidu’s alleged threat to have Narendra Modi arrested after Gujarat riots in 2002, Veerraju said, “That shows the culture of the TDP. Their culture is to oust the founder of their own party and throw chappal at him.”