The Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) Police refused to give permission to Chandrababu Naidu, the President of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) to conduct a rally in Tirupati against the 3 State capital proposals of the State Government.
On the 11th of January, Chandrababu Naidu, in support of the Amaravati farmers, called for a rally in Tirupati. The rally was called to protest against the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP,) with the demand to retain Amaravati as the only State capital.
Mr. Naidu planned to tour the 29 villages of Amaravati after cancelling his Sankranti plans. He also decided to participate in the public meeting and rallies organised by the A.P., Joint Action Committee (JAC.)
Mr. Naidu left Hyderabad at 12:45 P.M., and reached the Renigunta Airport at 2:10 P.M. He reached the Phule statue in Tirupati by 3:15 P.M., and after paying tribute to the Phule statue, Mr. Naidu was scheduled to participate in the rally organized by Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi (APS.)
Later in the evening, Mr. Naidu was scheduled to address a public meeting at Nalugu Kalla Mandapam, A.P.
However, the plan changed after the A.P., Police refused to give permission for Chandrababu Naidu’s rally, citing Sankranti as the reason. The Tirupati Police also arranged tight security in the area and detained many TDP leaders under house arrest.
Meanwhile, in many regions of A.P., the Police implemented Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC,) which restricts any kind of public gathering in the State.
The A.P., capital issue is expected to be resolved after the 27th of January, once the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) Government takes a final decision.
Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of A.P., would conduct a special Assembly session solely to discuss the State capital issue and take a final decision regarding it. The special Assembly session is expected to be held after the 27th of January.
Stay tuned for further updates.30