Police foiled the attempts of YSRC legislators from staging a dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Assembly premises on Friday demanding immediate measures to halt Telangana process.
The legislators, in pursuance of a call by their party to organise a rally and dharna in Hyderabad against bifurcation of the state, assembled at the Telugu Talli statue and from there they were to proceed to the Assembly in a rally when the police stopped them in their stride.
The legislators held placards questioning the wisdom of the Congress leadership in forming Telangana state without any regard to the sentiments of the people of Seemandhra region.
The police, contending that they had no permission to take out processions in Hyderabad, asked them to leave but the legislators were firm in taking out a rally. The police waited for a while and later lifted them bodily and took them away in a police vehicle.
Party honorary president YS Vijayalakshmi staged a dharna in front of the police station condemning the arrest of party legislators. Slamming TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu for being responsible for the calamity that is befalling the state, she said: “Even now if Naidu withdraws his letter to the Centre that he was not against Telangana and resigns along with his legislators, it may not become difficult to prevent formation of Telangana state,” she said.