Democracy being 'demolished' brick by brick in Andhra Pradesh: Nara Lokesh

The TDP leader likened AP to regimes like North Korea, criticising police deployment to halt a car rally and claiming invasion into WhatsApp chats of ordinary users

TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh (Photo: IANS)
TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh (Photo: IANS)


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) general secretary Nara Lokesh on Sunday alleged that democracy is being demolished brick by brick in Andhra Pradesh, criticising the state government for deploying a large number of police personnel on the state border to stop a rally of IT professionals from Hyderabad to Rajahmundry in support of TDP supremo and former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

“Deployment of a large police force to halt a car rally and intrusion into WhatsApp on the phones of everyday citizens raise significant concerns. Even in the most critical situations, an innocent individual's privacy should not be violated,” Lokesh posted on X.

“The situation in Andhra Pradesh is eroding democratic principles, akin to oppressive regimes like North Korea. Democracy is being demolished brick by brick,” wrote Lokesh, who is the son of Chandrababu Naidu.

Meanwhile, Lokesh’s wife Nara Brahmani also posted on X that encroachment of fundamental rights and human rights is at its peak in Andhra Pradesh. She said it was shocking that Andhra Pradesh police are stopping "hard-working IT professionals’ peaceful car rally" from Hyderabad to Rajahmundry to express their support for Chandrababu Naidu.

In another development, leaders of Jana Sena Party (JSP) led by actor-politician Pawan Kalyan called on Brahmani in Rajahmundry. The JSP leaders conveyed solidarity with Naidu’s daughter-in-law and discussed the political situation in the state.

Leaders of both the parties also discussed plans to organise joint protest programmes against the arrest of the former chief minister.

Meanwhile, JSP leader and Pawan Kalyan's brother Nagababu said in Tirupati that their party was pained over Naidu’s arrest. He said JSP leaders and workers welcomed the decision to have an electoral alliance with the TDP and hoped that the BJP would join hands with them.

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