Day after patch-up, TDP workers protest BJP MLC's remarks against CM Naidu

TDP workers laid siege to BJP MLC Somu Veeraju’s office cum residence at Rajamahendravaram in Rajahmundry on Monday after Veerraju’s scathing attack on Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and other leaders.

The protest comes a day after the ruling TDP in Andhra had announced that its alliance with the BJP would continue, despite the state getting a raw deal in the Union Budget.  

Protesters burnt effigies of the BJP leader for his comment on Saturday calling TDP leaders “heirs of corruption”. In return, BJP workers allegedly pelted stones at the TDP cadres. The police, however, quickly brought the situation under control by dispersing protesters.

BJP MLC Somu Veeerraju had at a recent meeting accused Andhra CM and TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu of being corrupt, alleging, “How come a person with just two acres went on to make crores?”  

This isn’t the first time Veerraju has attacked the ruling TDP. Despite BJP and TDP being allies, Veerraju has expressed his dissatisfaction against the Chandrababu Naidu-led state government. The leader had earlier lashed out at the ruling TDP for not giving credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the schemes introduced by the central government. He had then accused Naidu of hogging the limelight for the Central government schemes.

Infuriated by these scathing remarks, TDP supporters from BC welfare wing surrounded his residence cum office BJP office.

On Sunday, TDP MLA Ayyanna Patrudu also countered the criticism by Veerraju. “Useless people are also criticizing Chandrababu Naidu. It will be better if he keeps his mouth shut.”

Meanwhile, TDP MPs protested in Parliament on Monday holding placards accusing the Centre of neglecting the state in the Union Budget.

In the parliamentary meeting held on Sunday, CM Chandrababu Naidu instructed MPs to protest strongly without fearing any consequences, even if they were to be suspended. The TDP, however, agreed to continue its alliance with the BJP after Home Minister Rajnath Singh telephoned Naidu and asked him not to make a hasty decision.

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