TDP leader and former minister booked for remarks against Andhra CM Jagan

Ayyanna Patrudu reportedly criticised CM Jagan heavily during a speech in West Godavari, and alleged heavy corruption under the YSRCP government.
TDP leader and former minister Ayyanna Patrudu, he was booked for remarks against Andhra CM Jagan
TDP leader and former minister Ayyanna Patrudu, he was booked for remarks against Andhra CM Jagan
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The Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday, February 22, booked former minister and senior TDP leader Chintakayala Ayyanna Patrudu for his alleged abusive remarks against Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. A case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered at Nallajerla police station in West Godavari district on a complaint by a leader of the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). According to reports, Ayyanna Patrudu criticised Jagan heavily during a speech, while alleging heavy corruption under the YSRCP government. 

A police officer said the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader has been booked under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 505(2) (statements conducing to public mischief) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC for promoting disharmony, feelings of hatred between different groups and criminal intimidation.

YSRCP leader Ramakrishna had lodged a complaint that the former minister made objectionable remarks against the Chief Minister during his speech at the unveiling of a statue of TDP founder and former Chief Minister NT Rama Rao at Nallajerla three days ago.

This is the latest in a series of cases booked against the former minister in recent months. In September last year, Guntur police had registered a case against him for certain remarks against the Chief Minister.

He was also booked following clashes between TDP and YSRCP workers when the latter had staged a protest near the residence of TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu at Undavalli demanding an apology for the objectionable remarks made by Ayyanna Patrudu against CM Jagan.

The Andhra Pradesh Police Officers' Association had also objected to Ayyanna Patrudu making certain remarks against police officers.

In June 2020, Visakhapatnam rural police had booked the former minister for a speech where he verbally abused a woman municipal commissioner, even threatening to strip her. Narsipatnam Municipal Commissioner Thota Krishnaveni had lodged a complaint with the police, accusing the former minister of publicly disrespecting and humiliating her by using abusive language against her,

The TDP leader had made the remarks during a protest over Narsipatnam Municipality shifting a portrait of Lachha Patrudu, an ex-sarpanch of Narsipatnam and grandfather of Ayyanna Patrudu, to a different room due to renovation work.

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