Tension prevailed in Anantapur on Thursday as activists of the TDP and BJP clashed with each other, with the police stepping in to avoid an untoward incident.
It all began when several members of the Telugu Nadu Students Federation, the student wing of the TDP, gathered outside a guest house in Anantapur where recently-elected BJP state president Kanna Lakshminarayana was staying.
The student activists raised slogans against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding action on the issue of the steel plant in Kadapa.
Soon, BJP workers present at the premises also began raising slogans against the TDP.
According to media reports, TDP activists even tried to enter the premises of the guesthouse at one point, banging on the doors.
In retaliation, the BJP activists reportedly pulled down TDP flags and burnt them.
The TDP cadre later shifted their protest venue to the local police station, lodging a complaint against BJP leaders and demanding that action be taken against them.
Meanwhle, the hunger strike called by TDP MP CM Ramesh against the Centre over the Kadapa steel plant, entered its ninth day on Thursday.
The TDP has been protesting against the Centreâ€™s failure to set up a steel plant in Andhra Pradeshâ€™s Kadapa district.
CM Ramesh, who had sought an appointment with PM Modi earlier, began his hunger strike last week along with TDP MLC Mareddy Ravindranath Reddy, at the Zilla Parishad office premises in Kadapa.
TDP had pulled out from the BJP-led NDA alliance in March this year alleging that the Centre had not fulfilled promises made during bifurcation.
According to provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act 2014 Act, the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) had to form a committee and check the feasibility of setting up a steel plant in Kadapa district within six months of formation of the committee.