Tension prevailed in Subbayagudem village in Penuganchiprolu mandal of Krishna district on Sunday night, after workers of Telugu Desam Party and YSRCP clashed with lethal weapons, injuring 34 people.
Out of 34 injured people, 14 were reportedly from Telugu Desam and 20 from YSRCP.
According to The New Indian Express report, Subbayagudem president G Srinu and TDP leaders had forced YSRCP workers to join their party, however they refused. This resulted in a clash between both the parties.
One of the victims, M Ramu told TNIE that on Sunday night when the YSRCP members were preparing to go to ‘Tirupatamma Tirunallu’, as many as 70 Telugu Desam party men cut off the power supply in the area and attacked them with knives, iron rods and axes.
Both the party members had clashed a few days ago in the ‘Prabhala Jatara’ celebrated during Sivaratri festival.
The issue was raised again on Sunday night which reportedly led to the clash, Superintendent of Police, G Vijay Kumar, told The Hindu.
The injured members were shifted to Nandigama Government Hospital.
This is not the first time TDP and YSRCP have clashed. Earlier this year, workers of both the parties clashed at Tadepalli.
In January this year, TDP supporters had marched from Malkapuram to Velagapudi, sprinkling turmeric water on the roads that YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy had used during his Amaravati tour.
As a counter protest, YSRCP workers poured cow urine on the main road leading from Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's residence at Undavalli to the temporary secretariat, calling it a 'cleansing act'.
After a verbal argument that lasted for several minutes and led to a road blockage, the police stepped in.