TDP Andhra chief arrested


Telugu Desam Party’s Andhra Pradesh president Ok Atchannaidu, the MLA from Tekkali in Srikakulam district, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly obstructing a YSR Congress Party candidate from submitting nomination papers for panchayat elections.

Last week, YSRCP candidate Ok Appana went to file nomination papers in Nimmada panchayat and was allegedly obstructed by Atchannaidu and his supporters. Police had registered a case in opposition to 22 TDP leaders together with Atchannaidu and 12 of them have already been arrested.

Atchanaidu has been shifted to jail after being produced earlier than an area courtroom.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu condemned the arrest and accused YSRCP leaders of forcing police to file instances in opposition to TDP leaders as they fear defeat in panchayat elections to be held shortly.