HyderabadTelangana police on Friday arrested a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and placed him under house arrest for allegedly inciting hate speech and violence in connection with the skit, targeting chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
BJP leader Balakrishna Reddy was arrested by Ghatkasar at midnight, and Sanjay was placed under house in Hyderabad to prevent protests outside the office of the state police chief over the arrest of his colleague.
On June 2, the BJP held a function in Hyderabad on the day of Telangana formation, where Rao was humiliated in a skit, police said. Skit was also aired on a Telugu TV news channel.
Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) leader Y Sathish Reddy has accused the government of plotting against the program’s organizers, including Reddy, and falsely accused Rao of “misleading people and inciting hatred and unrest.”
The police then filed a case against Sanjay, Reddy and Rani Rudramma under Section 114 of the Indian Penal Code (incitement to violence), 504 (provocative speech to create unrest), 505 (2) 109 (committing crime at a place of worship). , Dilu Yellana, etc.
A police spokesperson said that “personally targeting the elected government and the chief minister” is contrary to democratic policy and hurts the public will. Police said Rao’s mask, liquor bottle and Telangana Structure Day’s Flex Board were seized at the venue.
The spokesperson said that after Balakrishna Reddy’s medical examination, he will be produced in court for judicial custody.
BJP leaders broadcast a video of Reddy being taken to the toll gate, where he got down from his vehicle. They can be seen arguing with the police for “illegally” arresting them without warning and following due process. “Is it wrong to hold public meetings in a democratic manner? How can I be arrested without following due process? He asked.
Sanjay Reddy condemned the midnight arrest. “Is he a murderer or a bandit? How to arrest them at midnight? Sanjay demanded that Reddy be released immediately.
There has been a late quarrel between the BJP and the TRS. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last month that the BJP would form the next government in Telangana, calling for Rao’s “family rule” to end. The TRS is the only beneficiary of the state structure, he said, claiming family-dominated parties are a scandal to democracy. Appreciating the struggle of BJP activists against the regime, Modi accused the state government of political hatred, atrocities and assaults.
Modi’s comments came just days after Rao, who was known as KCR, said the government could change the government if farmers wanted. The KCR said farmers would struggle to get a profitable price for their crops until there was a constitutional guarantee. In Chandigarh, he made these comments when he came together with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab’s Bhagwant Man to distribute financial aid to the families of farmers who died during a campaign against three canceled agricultural laws. The three chief ministers paid tribute to the soldiers of Punjab who died in the conflict with the Chinese in Ladakh.
KCR had previously held a series of meetings as part of its alliance against the BJP for the 2024 national election. He met his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren in March. In February, KCR held a meeting in Mumbai with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.
KCR had gone to Bangalore an hour before Modi landed in Hyderabad last month to meet former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda. In February, Modi left KCR’s event in Hyderabad to unveil a statue of equality. The Center later rejected Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao’s allegation that KCR did so and did not accept Modi because the Prime Minister’s Office sent a message that the Telangana Chief Minister “should not come.”