The Telugu Desam Party called for a peaceful protest at a statewide level. Protest was to support the agitation of party MPs’ over Andhra special status row.
TDP Andhra Pradesh unit president K. Kala Venkatrao had a teleconference with MPs, MLAs, MLCs, in-charges and other party leaders. All concerned were told to sit for protest meetings in all constituencies. He also told them to keep the agitation peaceful, and not disturb the common man.
Organisations affiliated to the left parties also called for a highway block. All the parties except the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supported the blockade. Also, chief Minister Naidu supported the blockade in state interest.
Venkatrao insisted that since the YSRCP may follow destructive and violent ways, TDP should not join protests with them. He however instructed to hold agitation separately.
Meanwhile, Naidu had a teleconference with MPs. He told them that BJP had been suspecting the TDP for quite some time now and not believing the TDP chief’s statement about his interest in national politics.
“They do not believe even after I clarified that I don’t have any interest in national politics. For the same, though there was no need, the Centre ruling party took the support of YSRCP during the presidential election.”