TDP office in Warangal torched ahead of Naidu’s visit
HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Party’s district headquarters office in Warangal was torched ahead of the visit of party president N. Chandrababu Naidu to that City on Thursday afternoon.
It was alleged to be the handiwork of activists of Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS), an organization that has strong roots in Telangana. The MRPS wants Mr. Naidu to spell out his stand on implementing SC categorization in AP. Some banners welcoming Mr. Naidu were also destroyed.
Earlier in the morning, unidentified persons set fire to a portion of the dais in Hanamkonda from where Mr. Chandrababu Naidu is slated to address a meeting of TDP supporters. The fire damaged the cloth covering the rear side of the platform.
It was noticed by cooks preparing food for the meeting. They doused the fire immediately and informed the Fire Services department. Warangal DSP Shobhan Kumar said the TDP leaders did not lodge any complaint. Former TDP MLA Vem Narender Reddy and others rushed to the scene of the incident.
Telangana TDP president L. Ramana and the TD Legislature Party leader Errabelli Dayakar Rao accused the TRS of engineering the incident and said it exposed the failure of law and order in the State. The party was trying to thwart Mr. Naidu’s visit as it was scared of his popularity.
On the other hand, TRS leaders alleged that Telugu Desam activists had attacked Dalits at several places to ensure there was no opposition to Mr. Naidu’s tour. They recalled that the TRS had declared a week ago that it was not opposed to the tour but wanted Mr. Naidu to clarify why he was opposing Telangana its due share of water and power.
They slammed Mr Naidu for his statement that “ruling Andhra Pradesh from Hyderabad is like ruling from any other foreign country”. Under these circumstances how can he undertake a tour of Telangana, they asked.
Meanwhile, the TDP president left Hyderabad for Warangal in a bus accompanied by a large convoy of vehicles. He is scheduled to return to the City late in the evening.