December 6, 2021, 8:27 pm
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Chandrababu Naidu demands action against YSRCP for assaulting TDP candidate

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TDP National President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu demanded on Friday that the State Election Commissioner (SEC) take action against the perpetrators of a physical attack on TDP candidate V. Venkatesh during the Kuppam civic election.

In a letter to the SEC here, Naidu said it came to his notice that goons from the ruling YSRC party attacked V. Venkatesh, who was the TDP candidate for the 14th Ward in Kuppam municipality around 12 noon on Friday. The attack, Naidu claimed was carried out by YSRCP leader Muniswamy and his henchmen in order to prevent Dr. Venkatesh from filing nomination in the ongoing municipal polls.

 

The TDP told the SEC that over 25 to 30 goons had beaten up Venkatesh when he approached the nomination centre set up at MFC Junior College in Kuppam. The goons are said to have rained blows on Venkatesh and snatched away his nomination papers, tore them and then destroyed them. They also allegedly took away his cell phone.
Venkatesh was injured and thrown on the roadside outside of the nomination centre at MFC Junior College in Kuppam, according to Naidu. When some of Dr. Venkatesh’s followers attempted to intervene, the miscreants attacked them. The attackers eventually fled the scene, leaving Venkatesh unconscious.

 

The TDP informed the SEC that the High Court, in a writ petition dated November 2, ordered that candidates seeking to run in the current elections be provided with security. In this regard, immediate action against the perpetrators is strongly urged, as is immediate protection for all candidates planning to file nominations.