Vijayasanthi demands apology from AP govt for her arrest

Alleging that the Andhra Pradesh government had humiliated her over her arrest for making inflammatory comments, TRS MP Vijayasanthi today demanded an apology and also suspension of police officers involved in the incident.

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2010, 22:18 PM IST

Hyderabad: Alleging that the Andhra Pradesh
government had humiliated her over her arrest for making
inflammatory comments, TRS MP Vijayasanthi today demanded an
apology and also suspension of the police officers involved in
the incident.

"Am I a terrorist? I am a woman and also an MP. Why
should they arrest me on the road ? Police did not come to
arrest me when I was at home? The Chief Minister and Home
Minister are silent on the issue. I wanted an apology from the
Government," she told reporters here.

She said she will raise the issue in Parliament and also
bring it to the notice of the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha
Speaker and other top leaders.

Asked about the content of the reply to the notice issued
by the Election Commission for making the controversial
remarks, she said what she spoke at the meeting was only a
slogan in support of Telangana and is widely used by the
Telangana protagonists.

She claimed there was no clarity on who ordered her
arrest for her controversial remark at the TRS office here
last week.

Vijayasanthi was speaking after a meeting with State
Chief Electoral officer (CEO) I V Subba Rao during which she
explained her position to him.

Talking to reporters later, Subba Rao said he is waiting
for the response from the Election Commission over
Vijayasanthi`s reply to the notice served on her.
Vijayashanti, a popular south Indian actress, had
allegedly asked the Telangana supporters to "chop down the
foes of Telangana", as they came in the way of formation of
the separate state.

The EC had served notice on her for the controversial
remarks as the model code of conduct is in force for the
byelections to 12 assembly seats in Telangana region on July
27.

Meanwhile, Rao said five nominations have been filed
today thus taking the total number of nominations for the
bypolls to 14.

He said the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to be used
in the elections would be checked tomorrow and July 7 in the
presence of representatives of political parties to ensure
transparency in the conduct of polls.

Referring to a complaint made by Congress leader that
some Telangana supporters were intimidating Congress
activists, the CEO said the EC would do everything to ensure
free and fair polling.

Byelection to the 12 Assembly seats have been
necessitated as sitting MLAs had quit their posts in support
of separate Telangana.

PTI