Naidu, Nara Lokesh placed under house arrest ahead of Guntur rally

The TDP had called for the Chalo Atmakur rally to protest attacks on party activists

Nara Lokesh ANI Nara Lokesh (in cream shirt) arguing with police officials before being placed under house arrest | Twitter handle of ANI

TDP supremo and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, his son Nara Lokesh and other party leaders were placed under house arrest on Wednesday morning ahead of a party rally in Guntur. News agency ANI reported Naidu was not being allowed to meet mediapersons.

The TDP leadership had called for the Chalo Atmakur rally in Guntur on Wednesday to protest attacks on party activists, allegedly by members of the ruling YSRCP. The Chalo Atmakur rally was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon. Local media reports claim the Andhra Pradesh Police had said no permission had been granted for the Chalo Atmakur rally.

Following his detention at his residence near Vijayawada, Naidu began a 12-hour fast till 8pm. Soon after Naidu was detained, TDP leaders who arrived at his residence were also taken into preventive custody. Section 144 was imposed in Narasaraopeta, Sattenapalle, Palnadu and Gurajala.

The TDP alleges at least eight of its activists have been killed in the Palnadu region, since the YSRCP, under Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, assumed power in late May. The Palnadu region covers areas of Guntur and Prakasam districts.

Interestingly, the YSRCP has called for a counter-rally in Guntur on Wednesday to highlight what it claims were atrocities carried out by TDP activists during the party's tenure in power from 2014 to 2019.