VIJAYAWADA: The state government has placed all 19 TDP MLAs in Andhra Pradesh under house arrest for the past 72 hours. Police arrived at the houses of all MLAs and other senior TDP leaders in the early hours of Saturday, soon after the arrest of party chief and former CM N Chandrababu Naidu in Nandyal.
Even when Naidu was brought from Nandyal and produced in court on Sunday, his MLAs and other leaders were not allowed to leave their houses. The situation continued on Monday as TDP had called a statewide bandh in protest against Naidu’s arrest and his subsequent 14-day judicial remand.
The preventive measures and detention of key leaders helped as the bandh on Monday was largely ineffective in most parts of the state.
TDP MLAs not allowed to meet colleagues, kin
With their leaders confined to their respective homes, the TDP cadres did not come out on the streets to enforce the bandh.
The MLAs and other leaders are not being allowed to meet party workers or even relatives. Police also banned rallies and processions across the state. Additional forces have been deployed to curb protests. Though TDP cadres managed to come out in some areas and tried to block roads by burning tyres, they were immediately taken into custody. Hundreds of TDP activists, including women, were arrested in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Tirupati, Anantapur, Guntur, and other places on Monday.