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Political repression—Political corruption at its worst

Former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu used political repression as a fine art to stifle
the voice of those in the Opposition. The police force was abused to unnecessarily prevent
Opposition leaders from taking up mass contact programmes. This is besides hijacking
Members of the Legislative Assembly, making a few of them Ministers and adding them to
the cabinet.
“YSR Congress Party president Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy was arrested on one occasion,
sent back home on another and in a third instance he was denied accesses to an autopsy
report at a government hospital, in such repressive actions,” a political pundit recalled
“In yet another instance the police were used to discredit the Opposition leader Y.S. Jagan
Mohan Reddy after he escaped an attempt on his life. The Director General of the Police
himself made remarks belittling Mr Jagan after the assassination attempt,” he said.
Giving details he said that the then ruling Telugu Desam Party used the police to foil the
indefinite fast taken up by the then leader of the Opposition Mr Jagan only because he was
demanding Special Category Status for the new state of Andhra Pradesh.
On the seventh day of Mr Jagan’s fast the police removed him from the shamiyana where
was fasting in Guntur. The leader of the Opposition had launched the fast as the Prime
Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to come in a week to lay foundation stone for
Amaravati, which was selected as the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.
The Central Government had already given indications that it would not grant Special
Category Status to Andhra Pradesh quite contrary to the promises made to leaders of the
state in Parliament. The then Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu indicated that Andhra
Pradesh would readily accept if the Centre offered “special package”.
It was at such a crucial juncture that the police force was used to me make Mr Jagan forcibly
give up his indefinite fast. The excuse given was that Mr Jagan was trying to disturb the
peace in the area prior to the visit of the Prime Minister.
In 2017 the police force was abused again to prevent Mr Jagan participating in a candle light
rally in Visakhapatnam again for the Special Category Status. This time the excuse was that
Mr Jagan was trying to disturb the peace during an international conference held to promote
investment in the state. In an unprecedented action the police sent back Mr Jagan to his
home from the airport itself.
In the most undemocratic action of all the ruling TDP facilitated the defection of 23 of the
MLAs from the Opposition YSR Congress Party and gave them place to sit in the Treasure
benches of the Legislative Assembly.
“This kind of political corruption in which people elected to the legislative assembly being
undermined did not augur well with the people and even the voters leading to a humiliating
defeat for the Telugu Desam”, he said

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