Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao is taking this action in desperation. He said that the party is not only gaining popularity in the southern state but has also won the recent by-polls, which has disheartened Rao.
Police said Kumar was arrested on various charges, including provisions of the Disaster Management Act, besides violation of orders issued by a public servant.
Kumar has been arrested under Section 333 of the Indian Penal Code, which is non-bailable and is pending trial in a sessions court. The BJP leader was produced before a magistrate on Monday afternoon.
BJP state president B. Sanjay Kumar was detained on the night of January 2 when he along with other BJP leaders were protesting against a state government order regarding transfer and posting of government employees in newly created districts.
Kumar had alleged that the transfers of teachers and others with the order had hurt their interests. At the same time, the TRS government of the state had said that after the formation of 23 new districts, there was a need for transfers.
Karimnagar Police Commissioner V. Satyanarayana informed that most of the BJP workers were not wearing masks and had gathered in violation of the COVID-19 protocol.
Reacting to the arrest of the Telangana BJP president, Nadda said that the Telangana government treated Kumar and BJP workers “inhumanly”, before being taken into custody by the police.
The BJP president said, ‘This is the murder of democracy. We strongly condemn this.
Expressing support for the demands of the teachers, Nadda said that the Telangana BJP chief was protesting peacefully in his office following all the protocols of COVID-19.
Earlier, on the night of January 2, tension prevailed in Kumar’s camp office in Karimnagar when the police forcibly entered the office by breaking open the doors of the office against the protest of BJP workers.
Police had said that no official request was made for permission to protest and the gathering of party workers was against the guidelines issued by the central and state governments to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Kumar said it was a peaceful protest, which was planned to be organized as per the COVID-19 guidelines.
He asked why the COVID-19 provisions are not followed in the programs of the leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Police on Tuesday refused permission for a rally proposed by the party to protest the arrest of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Telangana unit president. BJP national president JP Nadda was expected to attend this rally.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner CV Anand said that the rally was not allowed in view of the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.
According to party sources, BJP state president B. After the arrest of Sanjay Kumar, the party has called for a ‘peace rally’ in Secunderabad today (Tuesday) and JP Nadda, who will reach here this evening, will attend it.
(with input from news agency language)
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