AP govt condemns lathi-charge on Naidu

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 16:01

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday
strongly condemned the police lathi-charge on TDP president N
Chandrababu Naidu and other legislators by Maharashtra police.

"I strongly condemn the lathi-charge on Chandrababu Naidu
and others by the Maharashtra police while they were being
shifted from Dharmabad this morning," Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister K Rosaiah said in a statement.

He also appealed the TDP cadres not to cause damage to
public properties in the state in protest against the
lathi-charge.

"Everyone has to observe restraint on a delicate issue
like the Babhli dam. Our government is sincerely working to
protect the interests of Andhra Pradesh in a democratic manner
in accordance with the provisions of Constitution.

"I am leading an all-party delegation on the issue to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 23. I appeal to all
political parties and people to join hands with the government
in finding an amicable solution to the current problem,"
Rosaiah said.

Meanwhile, senior TDP MLAs N Janardhan Reddy and P
Keshav, party general secretary Varla Ramaiah, MLC D
Veerbhadra Rao and some party workers were arrested by police
when they tried to storm into the Jubilee Hall, where Union
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was engaged in a meeting
with Finance Ministers from southern states.

The TDP delegation wanted to meet Mukherjee and Rosaiah
to lodge the party`s protest over the lathi-charge on Naidu
and others.

A delegation of senior TDP leaders met Governor E S L
Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan this afternoon and urged him to
initiate measures to persuade the Centre and the Maharashtra
government to withdraw all cases against Naidu and others.

The delegation demanded that the Maharashtra government
express regret over the ill-treatment meted out to the former
chief minister, and other party leaders.

"We request you to report the matter to the President of
India and protect the interests of Andhra Pradesh which is a
lower riparian state," said the TDP delegation, comprising
senior leaders Ummareddy Venkateswarlu, Nagam Janardhana
Reddy, K Vijaya Rama Rao and others.

State Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah also
condemned the "excesses" on the TDP leaders.

CPM State committee came down heavily on the Maharashtra
government over the manner in which it treated the TDP
leadership.

"We strongly condemn the manhandling and lathi-charge on
Naidu and other TDP legislators by Maharashtra police," CPM
politburo member and state secretary B V Raghavulu said.

CPI state secretary K Narayana and assistant secretary
Ramakrishna also condemned the incident.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 16:01

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