Andhra Pradesh: Tension erupts at Proddutur as BJP leaders hold protests against setting up Tipu Sultan statue
Tensions prevail in Proddatur of Kadapa district as the BJP has raised concerns over the erection of a statue of Tipu Sultan. Several BJP leaders and activists, including AP BJP chief Somu Veerraju, staged a dharna in front of the Proddutur municipal office.
Tension erupts in Proddutur of Kadapa district amid BJP state president Somu Veerraju's dharna at the municipal office to protest against the setting up of a statue of Tipu Sultan in the town. The local DSP along with the police tried to prevent Dharna. In this context, a scuffle took place between the police, BJP leaders, and activists.
The police entered into a rally removing hundreds of BJP leaders who had called off dharna and heading to the spot where the statue of Tipu Sultan was being erected. There was an altercation for a long time in this order.
The DSP then asked the BJP leaders to stop protests, however, they did not agree and the police arrested the leaders and took them to the police station.
On the other hand, it is known that MLA Rachamallu Sivaprasad Reddy recently performed Bhumi Puja for setting up a statue of Tipu Sultan on the local Jinnah Road.
It is known that Andhra Pradesh BJP is opposing the plan to erect the statue of Tipu Sultan in Proddutur town of Kadapa district stating that Hindus sentiments are hurt with the move. The BJP demanded the statue committee earlier to rethink and erect the Abdul Kalam statue.