Siddipet: Congress, BJP workers clash during Bandi Sanjay’s Padayatra

Telangana minister Ponnam Prabhakar calls the incident a drama by BJP

Hyderabad: Tension prevailed in Husnabad of Siddipet district during the Prajahita Yatra of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and ex-state president Bandi Sanjay on Tuesday morning when Congress and BJP workers clashed. The incident took place when the Prajahita Yatra reached Siddipet, and Congress workers protested against Bandi Sanjay.

Visuals from the scene also showed a few people pelting stones on Bandi Sanjay’s convoy. The whole incident began after Bandi Sanjay passed some remarks during his ongoing Lok Sabha poll campaign against state transport minister Ponnam Prabhakar. Congress workers held protests in retaliation, leading to the clashes.

Bandi Sanjay was enroute to hold his Padayatra at the Ambedkar intersection of Bhimdevrapalli mandal. The Congress workers there held a protest to which the BJP workers strongly objected.

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Congress workers tried to register their protest their against Bandi Sanjay for ‘false propaganda’ and tried to block the Prajahita Yatra leading to a scuffle between workers of both parties. Alerted by this, the police were deployed and cops prevented BJP leaders from moving further by erecting barricades in Husnabad constituency.

Police in Siddipet also reportedly stopped BJP state leaders, including Husnabad BJP candidate Bomma Sriram Chakraborty, from going to the Prajahita Yatra. Bomma Sriram was angered at the way the police stopped him when he was going to meet his party leader. Meanwhile Bandi Sanjay, in response to the incident, warned the Congress against creating hurdles in his programme.

Ponnam responds to Bandi

On Tuesday, reacting to the entire incident, minister Ponnam Prabhakar said that Bandi Sanjay made remarks about his mother. The Congress leader stated that he had questioned the BJP leader on the development in Karimnagar (the Lok Sabha seat represented by the Bandi Sanjay). Ponnam Prabhakr added that he had not stopped the BJP leader’s campaign and blamed him stating that the entire incident was just “drama”.

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