‘It’s a dark day for democracy’ says Chandrababu Naidu while in house arrest

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Mr Naidu's son Nara Lokesh was stopped from participating in protests near his home in Undavalli. "It is my fundamental right to protest," Mr Lokesh said.

Delhi:  Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and several leaders of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have been put under house arrest to prevent them from participating in a massive protest against the government run by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Large gatherings are banned by the police in Palnadu region, seen to be worst affected by violence fuelled by political rivalries. The TDP had planned a protest against alleged intimidation by the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). Mr Naidu’s party alleged eight TDP workers have been killed and several face threats from Mr Reddy’s party that completed 100 days in power last week. “It’s a dark day for democracy,” said Mr Naidu, who will sit on a fast till 8 pm today. Some of the TDP leaders who are under house arrest are Devineni Avinash, Kesineni Nani and Bhooma Akhilapriya.