Tension prevailed in the city on Sunday when the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) launched its padayatra close to the vicinity of Congress leader Devineni Nehru’s residence in Gunadala. Situation turned volatile as both groups mobilised their followers and activists in big numbers. However, police stepped in and averted clashes.
Trouble has been brewing in Gunadala ever since TDP urban committee chief Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan announced his plans to launch the padayatra in support of Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘Vastunna Meekosam’ padayatra from the area. TDP leaders alleged that the followers of Nehru removed flags and erected banners in the centre and demanded the arrest of Congress leaders.
Vamsi Mohan warned the Congress leaders of dire consequences if their padayatra was obstructed. On the other hand, Youth Congress leader and Nehru’s son Avinash made an attempt to take out a rally along with his followers to celebrate the occasion of Chiranjeevi joining the Union cabinet. TDP district chief Devineni Umamaheswara Rao also reached the spot and insisted that the police prevent Congress cadres from taking out a rally till they completed their yatra.
He alleged that the Congress rally was aimed at creating disturbances and implicating their party cadres. Vamsi said that their party workers were arrested without any reason. He demanded that their activists be released immediately. Police deployed additional forces to Gunadala and held discussions with both the groups.
With the Congress group headed by Avinash agreeing to delay their rally, the police allowed the TDP to go ahead with their padayatra. About 30 minutes after the TDP yatra, the police permitted the Congress group to go ahead with the celebrations. Local legislator Malladi Vishnu slammed the TDP leaders for trying to make a big issue out of the padaytra.
Trouble was brewing in Gunadala ever since TDP urban committee chief Vallabhaneni Vamsi Mohan announced his plans to launch the padayatra