Opposition YSR Congress Party of Andhra Pradesh on Monday sought imposition of President's Rule in the state, alleging that there was a breakdown of constitutional machinery.
YSRCP President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and submitted a memorandum, urging him to dismiss the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government.
The Leader of Opposition in the state assembly told the Governor that the law and order situation was going from bad to worse as evident from the broad daylight murder of a YSRCP leader and his follower in Kurnool district on Sunday.
He said C. Narayan Reddy, in charge of YSRCP affairs Pattikonda constituency in Kurnool district, was killed as he was exposing illegal sand mining by TDP leaders, particularly family members of Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krishna Murthy.
Terming it a pre-planned murder, Jagan said the opposition party functionaries were eliminated at the instance of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. He demanded probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and said the party had no faith in the probe by state agencies.
He said it was not an isolated incident and submitted details of killings of 13 YSRCP functionaries across the state since 2014.
Jagan alleged that the ruling party had let loose a reign of terror and the police were booking false cases against the YSRCP leaders and workers.
Jagan said social media activists were being threatened and arrested. He claimed that no action was being taken against TDP leaders involved in attacks on officers.
He told the Governor that the TDP had been luring YSRCP legislators and other leaders with money and positions to join the ruling party, and those declining to do so were being physically eliminated.