KURNOOL: Tension prevailed at Nandyal town on Friday as both the TDP and YSRC workers indulged in verbal duel during the high-octane bypoll campaign. With the intervention of police, the situation came to normal. Later, both the parties lodged police complaints against each other. Meanwhile, YSRC Srisailam constituency in-charge Budda Sesha Reddy termed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu a “dacoit” and his party leaders “thieves”. According to sources, some YSRC activists from Srisailam, led by Budda Sesha Reddy, came to Nandyal to participate in the door-to-door election campaign. During the campaigning, YSRC leaders were told that four TDP members were allegedly threatening voters in the 31st ward.
YSRC activists rushed to the spot, but the TDP members took shelter at Three Town police station. Budda Sesha Reddy told reporters that TDP leaders, in the name of survey, were visiting houses and threatening voters. “The TDP members are telling the voters that if they don’t vote for the TDP, their pensions will be stopped and the DWCRA loans will not be waived,” he alleged. He alleged that the TDP wants to win the election by unfair means. On learning about the situation, AP Irrigation Development Corporation chairman K E Prabhakar accompanied with his party cadre rushed to Three Town police station and picked up an argument with the YSRCP leaders. Denying the allegations levelled by Budda Sesha Reddy, the former minister said their activists were cross-checking the names of the voters.
“Neither they threatened the voters nor they owed anything to them,” said Prabhakar.
He said the YSRCP leaders are in a state of insecurity. “The YSRC wants something to disturb the peace and tranquillity in Nandayal. They are trying to provoke the voters as the people are with us. The Nandyal people are quite content with the developments and want to support the TDP.” Prabhakar said.
Prabhakar also alleged that YSRC had tried to kidnap TDP activists.Both Prabhakar and Budda Sesha Reddy lodged complaints against each other with the police. Police, meanwhile, said that they would forward the complaints to the higher authorities for appropriate action.
The YSRC alleged that the TDP is threatening voters in the name of survey. On the other hand, TDP alleged that the YSRC leaders had tried to kidnap their workers.