Former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu criticised chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy for increasing violence in the State during the last 30 days. He visited the bereaved family of a Dalit woman Padma, who died of humiliation meted out to her by the YSR Congress activists at Chinaganjam of Prakasam district. Chandrababu Naidu said that the new government had killed six of the TDP activists in the last 30 days. The anti-social elements from Pulivendula were spreading all over the State and resorting to murder politics, he alleged.
Chandrababu Naidu said that the party would stand by the families who voted for the TDP in the last general elections. He said that the party would also provide some financial assistance to the bereaved families. However, he said he would not accept the violence promoted by the YSR Congress and made an appeal to the rank and file of the TDP to resist any attack by the YSR Congress leaders in the villages.
Chandrababu Naidu is planning to visit the districts and meet the family members who were killed by the YSR Congress activists after the elections. The party had also opened a call center for the TDP workers to report any violence against them. The party is also raising fund to assist those families who have lost their breadwinner in the violence by the ruling YSR Congress.
Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to visit Kadapa and Ananthapur districts on July 9. He is also holding regular meetings with the party activists and supporters at the party State office in Guntur, while his son Nara Lokesh is holding similar meetings in Mangalagiri constituency where he lost the just-concluded general elections.
The TDP ranks appear disappointed by the defeat and demoralised by the defections these days. However, Chandrababu Naidu said that the crisis is not new to the TDP and the party would overcome this. To stand by the party workers, Chandrababu Naidu is spending more time in the party office in Guntur and that way, he is planning to shift his residence close to the party office, the sources said.