TDP workers pelt stones at Amit Shah's convoy


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) workers demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh blocked Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah's way, broke the windshield of a auto in his convoy, and clashed with BJP workers near Tirumala in Chittoor district on Friday.

On April 30, Naidu hit out at the Centre for its failure to grant special category status to the state while saying that every other state received funds for development except Andhra.

"No stone hit Shah's vehicle".

Police also took around half a dozen protesters into custody to prevent them from following Amit Shah's convoy.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu condemned the behaviour of his cadres. In the melee, a stone too was allegedly hurled at one of the vehicles in his convoy.

Both the dignitaries were welcomed by the party leaders and locals.

BJP workers following Shah's convoy resisted the TDP workers, resulting in clashes. Being the ruling party in the state, party leaders should act in a responsible manner, he said, according to The New Indian Express.

Shah offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara shrine in Tirumala this morning.

Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police Abhishek Mohanty informed, "BJP leaders have lodged a complaint with us over the attack".

TDP chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu broke away from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government this year after failing to get more central funds.

The BJP president had arrived in Tirupati last night after wrapping up his over a month-long election campaign in Karnataka. Modi, in his speech, had promised to fulfill the commitments.