Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

TDP workers block Amit Shah's convoy, demand special status for Andhra

TDP workers block Amit Shah's convoy, demand special status for Andhra

BJP President Amit Shah along with his family members offered prayers to Lord Venkateswara here on Friday. The group threw stones on his auto at Alipiri gate when Amit Shah was on his way to Tirupathi from airport along with his family.

BJP workers following Shah's convoy resisted the TDP workers, resulting in clashes.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu condemned the unruly behaviour of his party workers and warned them that such acts of indiscipline would not be tolerated.

Later, a scuffle also broke out between BJP and TDP workers.

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Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police Abhishek Mohanty informed, "BJP leaders have lodged a complaint with us over the attack". We will have a discussion with him. Amit Shah arrived last evening and resided in Padmavathi guesthouse. "It is a preplanned attack".

As Shah came out of the temple, devotees at the temple shouted slogans against the BJP and demanded special category status for Andhra Pradesh. "Amit Shah had come for the darshan of Lord Balaji". It his was his personal and private visit. GPCC President Girish Chodankar has said no more Congress MLAs are for sale, hinting at Vishwajeet, who left the Congress and joined the BJP. "Those funds too were taken back after crediting our account and hurting our self-respect", Naidu said while addressing a gathering at TDP's "Fight against Betrayal and Collusion Politics" - public meeting here.

TDP pulled out of the NDA in March citing "injustice" to Andhra Pradesh over the Centre's failure to fulfill promises made during the state's bifurcation. This eventually forced the TDP to quit the NDA and give ultimatum to the Centre to grant the status.

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