GUNTUR: YSRCP Guntur-East MLA Mustafa and party leader Ambati Rambabu sustained injuries when a mini bus in which they were travelling was pelted with stones by alleged TDP activists, near Medikonduru, about 18 km from Guntur city, Sunday.
The incident took place when the YSRCP leaders were going to Muppala along with seven MPTC members of their party in Muppala mandal for election to the post of Mandal Parishad president (MPP).
After attacking the mini bus, the TDP activists forcibly took away four MPTCs, including three women members, to see that the TDP-supported candidate would win the Muppala MPP post.
Speaking to mediapersons after the attack, Mustafa said that the TDP activists had waylaid and attacked their convoy indiscriminately and took away four YSRCP MPTC members with them forcibly. The MLA broke down before the media while explaining how they were attacked.
He added that the TDP activists kidnapped four MPTC members - Annavarapu Sunitha, B Rajani Priya, Paladugu Sarojani and P Sivakoteswara Rao.
Party spokesperson Ambati Rambabu alleged that the TDP activists at the behest of Sattenapalli MLA and Assembly speaker Kodela Siva Prasad had resorted to the heinous act and criticised the district police and DGP J V Ramudu for not providing security despite several requests to them.
Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles were stranded on the Guntur-Hyderabad road as YSRCP activists staged a dharna in protest against the incident.
A tense situation prevailed at the place for a few hours.
Parrty leaders Ayodhya Rami Reddy and MLA G Srinivasa Reddy met MLA Mustafa and enquired about his condition.
YSRCP sources said that party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy had enquired about the incident.
When contacted, Guntur Urban SP Gopinath Jetti said that a case was registered. He said the police had no information of the travel programme of YSRCP leaders. Meanwhile, the TDP has won the Muppala MPP post. Party member and Dammalapadu MPTC Ch Umadevi was unanimously elected MPP as YSRCP MPTCs failed to attend the election.
Though one of the four kidnapped MPTCs attended the polls, he had supported the TDP candidate.
TDP won five MPTCs and YSRCP seven in the MPTC elections. Though the election of the MPP was to be conducted on July 4, it was postponed to July 13 following a dispute.