Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days. He was arrested for a protest which allegedly violated the Covid guidelines imposed in Telangana.
Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar and other BJP leaders were staging a ‘jagaran deeksha’ protest against Government Order 317, which pertains to transfers and postings of government employees in newly-created districts.
BJP national president JP Nadda has issued a press statement condemning the “inhuman” arrest of Telangana’s BJP chief as “death of democracy.”
The statement alleged the Telangana Police, under pressure from the KCR government, forcibly entered Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar’s office and resorted to violence and lathicharge.
It read, “Teachers and employees of the Telangana state government had come to the office of Shri Bandi Sanjay Kumar ji at his Karimnagar Lok Sabha office to register their complaint against the KCR government passing the regressive Order No. 317 against the teachers and employees.”
“Following all the Covid-appropriate protocols, Shri Bandi Sanjay Kumar ji along with BJP leaders and workers sat on a night-long vigil and fast to show his solidarity with the agitating teachers and employees at his office.”
The letter states that the Telangana Police launched a brutal attack on the BJP state president and other party workers, including women leaders and workers, and then arrested them.
“This massive use of force and planned attack and violence and against the BJP leaders, workers, teachers and employees is nothing but an act of political vendetta and political anarchy that is prevailing in Telangana,” read the press statement.
The statement alleges that the KCR government in Telangana is worried over the growing popularity and acceptability of the BJP in the state.