TDP workers pelt stones at Amit Shah's convoy in Tirupati

Blanche Robertson
May 12, 2018

The attack on Amit Shah's convoy in Tirupati is snowballing into a huge controversy between the friends-turned-foes Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

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.

Naidu has been saying at election meetings that he doesn't need any financial help from the Centre to complete his deeds, thought alleging that the Centre has cheated him by not fulfilling its promises. Earlier in the day, the BJP president could not escape the heat of the protests for Special Category Status (SCS), when he came to Tirumala hill shrine along with family. "The stone hit another vehicle behind Shah's car.We don't know yet if some miscreants posing as TDP workers resorted to this act", he said in a statement.

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Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police Abhishek Mohanty told PTI that they were verifying all facts related to the incident. While condemning the attack on the BJP chief, he warned the TDP cadres of indulging in such violent protests.

The Goa BJP on Thursday begged to differ with the recent "pro-Karnataka" comments made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah over the Mhadei issue during the poll campaign in Karnataka. The alleged incident happened when Shah was returning from Tirumala.

The TDP had cut ties with the BJP, alleging neglect of the southern state and failure of the Centre to grant special category state status to Andhra Pradesh. Including the ruling TDP, several parties have been agitating against the Centre's raw deal to Andhra Pradesh.

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