Seven people were killed in a stampede during Andhra ex-CM Chandrababu Naidu’s public assembly in Nellore.
TDP head cancels rally and roadshow as part of his continuing state-wide campaign against the Jagan government.
According to authorities, seven persons were killed and numerous more were injured in a stampede during a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) public gathering in Kandukur, Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district, on Wednesday evening.
According to police, the incident occurred just after TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu arrived to address the conference.
Thousands of TDP workers and sympathisers had gathered at the location, according to police, and there was considerable jostling when Naidu came to address the enormous public assembly. Some people in the melee rushed into a nearby drainage canal to rescue themselves, but when other people leapt on them to escape what was turning into a stampede-like situation, at least seven people died, according to authorities..
Naidu cancelled the meeting and the tour in order to express solidarity with the victims’ families. He promised an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh for each victim’s family. Naidu, 72, was hosting the public meeting and roadshow in Nellore as part of his campaign “Idemi Kharma Mana Rashtraniki (Why is our state experiencing this fate?)” ahead of the 2024 Assembly elections.
Encouraged by the success of public meetings he held in November against the YSR Congress (YSRCP) administration of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the TDP president has planned an elaborate series of forums across Andhra Pradesh to expose the Jagan Reddy government’s faults. On November 16, while speaking at a public meeting in Kurnool, Naidu stated that the Assembly elections in 2024 would be his last if the TDP was not re-elected.
The TDP created the slogan “Quit Jagan, Save AP,” and Naidu kicked things off last month with mass forums in Kurnool and Eluru.
At these rallies, Naidu has claimed that the state is “neck-deep in indebtedness” of Rs 9.5 lakh crore. At each of these public forums, Naidu’s approach has been different, and he has used concerns ranging from price increases to terrible roads across Andhra Pradesh to criticise the YSRCP government.
He held a gathering in Bapatla on December 9. On December 23, he spoke to another large crowd in Bobbili, Vizianagaram district, north coastal Andhra Pradesh. On December 21, he also paid a brief visit to Khammam in neighbouring Telangana, where he is purportedly attempting to revive the party.
Senior TDP leaders approved N Lokesh Naidu, son of party head Chandrababu Naidu, starting a padayatra — ‘Yuva Galam’ (Youth Voice) — on January 27 and asserted that this would be a game-changer in destabilising the state administration of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Lokesh, 39, is the national general secretary of the TDP. Party officials have stated that he will use the padayatra to interact with the young and bring him closer to the masses. Lokesh will begin a 400-day march of 4,000 kilometres on January 27, 2023, according to a statement.