Nara Lokesh, the General Secretary of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) is under house arrest at his residence in Undavalli, Andhra Pradesh (A.P.)
On the 10th of January, the A.P., Police arrested Nara Lokesh and put him under house arrest for creating trouble and provoking the farmers of Amaravati protesting against the A.P., Government. The farmers of Amaravati are protesting against the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) for proposing 3 State capitals.
Nara Lokesh was detained at the Kaja toll plaza in Guntur as he was protesting even after the implementation of Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC.) Section 144 restricts public gatherings in Guntur, Amaravati and other regions due to the ongoing agitation.
Besides Nara Lokesh, TDP leaders Kala Venkata Rao was also detained by the Police. Initially, the Police issued a notice to Nara Lokesh, informing him about the implementation of Section 144 in the area. However, the TDP General Secretary called for a rally to demand the withdrawal of the State Government’s 3 State capital proposal.
Earlier in the day, on the 10th of January, the A.P., Police also detained Chandrababu Naidu, the President of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP.) However, they later released him and put him under house arrest at his Undavalli residence.
Meanwhile, the farmers of the 29 villages of Amaravati are still continuing their protest, with the demand Amaravati be made the only capital of Andhra Pradesh, as was planned during the TDP reign.
The Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy led YSRCP proposed Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and Kurnool as the State capitals during the Winter Session of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in 2019.
However, a final decision regarding the same would be taken after the 27th of January during a special Assembly session.
Stay tuned for further updates.