Hyderabad: TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday
said he would go ahead with his scheduled Rythu Poru Baata
(struggle for farmers) programme even as Warangal police
advised him to put off his tour of the district in view of the
"hostile" atmosphere created by Telangana separatists.
Warangal Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar tonight
advised Naidu to put off his scheduled Rythu Poru Baata
programme in the district in view of the hostile atmosphere
created by separatists, led by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
A determined Chandrababu, however, told his aides that he
would go ahead with his scheduled tour as he was fighting for
the cause of farmers.
In a missive to Chandrababu late tonight, the SP Warangal
Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar apprehended that the
former Chief Minister`s visit -- wherein he is scheduled to
conduct paada yatra (foot march) in Palakurthy constituency to
study the problems being faced by farmers -- could lead to a
break down of law and order as the separatist elements are
bent on blocking his programme.
"In view of the situation, I request you to put off your
programme in Warangal district," the SP said in the letter.
Though the SP was not available for comment, a top
district official told PTI over phone from Warangal that the
situation in the district, known as the hotbed of Telangana
struggle, was "very hostile" and "trouble is expected.
"TDP MLA from Palakurthy Errabilli Dayakar Rao said he
was trying to ascertain from the SP the reason for asking
Chandrababu to put off the yatra.
"The SP is unavailable but as of now there is no change
in our programme," he said.
The Telangana statehood-seekers have threatened to
disrupt Chandrababu`s tour programme as he has not spoken in
favour of a separate state.
They had also given a call for a day-long bandh in the
district protesting the TDP chief`s visit.
Police took several TRS workers and pro-Telangana
activists into preventive custody to avert trouble.
Warangal MLA D Vinay Bhaskar was also detained as he was
spearheading the protests.