The faction violence in Palnadu region of Guntur district has been the bone of contention between the ruling YSR Congress and the opposition Telugu Desam Party. Former chief minister and TDP supremo Nara Chandrababu Naidu had been making allegations of atrocities against the TDP sympathisers across the Palnadu region. He held a rehabilitation camp in Guntur last month alleging that the ruling party leaders were driving away the TDP sympathisers from the village.
Chandrababu Naidu also called for Chalo Athmakuru village as a mark of protest and promising security for the TDP sympathisers from the villages. The TDP had published a book listing out the number of cases filed against the TDP workers in the region and the incidents where the TDP workers were attacked and victimised.
A month later, the state police have replied to the charges ridiculing the TDP’s allegations. They rebutted the charges one by one to clear air over the alleged political uncertainty in the region. Law and Order DG, Dr A Ravishankar, told the media persons in Guntur that the allegations were baseless and politically motivated.
“The charge that 545 TDP sympathisers have left the village is totally false. It was only 345 persons who left the village and that too because of the political rivalry among them for years. Even out of the 345 who deserted the village initially after the elections, 312 persons have come back,” the senior police official said.
He further said that the TDP had alleged 8 murders were reported in the State after the elections. However, he said four murders happened before the elections. One murder at Mangalagiri has no political connection. Another murder at Ananthapur too had no political connection. It was because of the land dispute. Two of them were suicides.
The senior police official also disproved the TDP’s allegations on the false cases filed against the TDP workers and leaders in the State after the elections. He said that the TDP had listed some incidents which happened before the elections and during the elections, which have no connection with the new government.