Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu commented on Wednesday that organizing the ‘Chalo Atmakur’ protest rally was his fundamental right. He further added that it was the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government’s responsibility to prevent the protest. According to him, the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy led Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) regime was violating human rights. Naidu observed that there was a violation against SCs, STs/OBCs, minorities and women rights. The TDP chief alleged that the state government had arrested his party’s cadre and put them in prison, because of the fear of ‘Chalo Atamakur’ protest.
The TDP supremo had announced the ‘Chalo Atmakur’ rally against the YSRCP regime in AP on September 11. The objective of the rally is to save democracy and safeguard human rights in the region. YSRCP has been accused of indulging in political violence and allegedly killing as many as eight TDP party workers and attacking many more. TDP believes that the attacks have particularly increased in the Palnadu region of the state. As part of the protest, Naidu has asked his party cadres to march from the party's headquarters in Guntur to Atmakur village in the Palnadu region. The purpose is to show solidarity with the party workers who have been oppressed by the current regime in AP.
The AP government responded by putting Naidu in house arrest and his son Nara Lokesh under preventive detention. To protest against this, Naidu decided to sit on a fast from 8 am, which would continue till 8 pm. The father-son duo's attempts to proceed for the protests proved to be futile as the police locked the main gate of his residence. Naidu pledged to commence the protests as soon as the authorities allowed him to do so.
On its part, YSRCP decided to organize its own version of the ‘Chalo Atmakur’ protest where victims of the previous TDP regime would narrate their horrific stories about the misdeeds of the then Chandrababu Naidu-led government.