TDP's Andhra Pradesh chief arrested in panchayat election-related case; vendetta politics, claims Chandrababu Naidu

Kinjarapu Atchannaidu, along with 21 others, is accused of allegedly threatening a YSRC candidate against filing nomination for the sarpanch post in Nimmada village, which has been a TDP stronghold owing to the Kinjarapu family

Press Trust of India February 02, 2021 21:35:51 IST
TDP's Andhra Pradesh chief arrested in panchayat election-related case; vendetta politics, claims Chandrababu Naidu

File image of Andhra Pradesh TDP chief Kinjarapu Atchannaidu. Image credits: Twitter @katchannaidu

Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Andhra Pradesh unit chief Kinjarapu Atchannaidu was on Tuesday arrested in connection with a gram panchayat election-related case in which he was facing a charge of alleged criminal intimidation.

Atchannaidu was listed an accused, along with 21 others, in the case in Nimmada village in Srikakulam district, police sources said. Already, 11 other TDP workers have been arrested in the case, they said.

The allegation against the accused was that they threatened the ruling YSR Congress candidate K Appanna against filing his nomination for the sarpanch post in Nimmada. An alleged telephonic conversation, wherein Atchannaidu threatened Appanna, was also leaked.

Atchannaidu and Appanna are closely related and some of the main accused in the case too are kinfolks. The sarpanch post was never contested in previous polls over the last three decades as Nimmada is the native village of Atchannaidu and his late brother and former Union Minister K Yerrannaidu. It was a TDP stronghold owing to the Kinjarapu family.

In the ongoing elections to the gram panchayats, the YSRC sought to put up its candidate for the village sarpanch post and that caused a scuffle two days ago, with both sides levelling allegations at each other of violent attacks.

The nomination process for the first phase election, due on 9 February, ended on 31 January.

Following Sunday's incident, a case was registered against Atchannaidu, some of his kin and followers but the YSRC activists were spared.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu condemned his deputy's arrest and called it the height of (Chief Minister) Jagan (Mohan Reddy)'s vendetta politics. The YSRC leaders created a tense atmosphere in the village (Nimmada) that has remained peaceful for decades, Chandrababu Naidu said in a release.

He sought to know why no case was registered against YSRC local in-charge D Srinivas, who was the man 'solely responsible' for the violence in Nimmada.

Chandrababu Naidu demanded that the cases foisted on Atchannaidu be withdrawn and he be released forthwith.

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