Four TDP People Arrested For Insulting Tadikonda Dalit MLA

Tadikonda YSRCP MLA Vundavalli  Sridevi - Sakshi Post

Amaravati: Four persons were arrested on Tuesday for insulting a Dalit woman legislator belonging to Andhra Pradesh's ruling YSR Congress Party during Ganesh Chaurthi, police said.

The upper caste men, allegedly belonging to the opposition Telugu Desam Party, insulted YSRCP MLA Vundavalli Sridevi when she had gone to a Ganesh pandal to perform puja in Annavaram village here on Monday.

As the MLA reached the pandal and the priest started performing rituals, the accused shouted at her and used filthy language, saying she should not touch the Ganesh idol. Sridevi, who was hurt by the offensive comments made by TDP Leaders broke down. The accused Kommineni Sivaiah, Kommineni Sai, Kommineni Ramakrishna and Kommineni Bujji were booked under various sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. They were also charged with insulting the modesty of a woman and indecent behaviour.

Sridevi, who represents Tadikonda constituency, alleged that the accused belong to the TDP. According to her, the men remarked that by touching the Ganesh idol, she would defile it. Upset over the incident, the MLA lodged a complaint with the Director General of Police Gautam Sawang and also the Guntur Superintendent of Police.

The case was registered at Thulluru police station in Guntur district. Police later arrested all the accused.

The YSRCP MLA also demanded that TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu should also be booked as he had nurtured this kind of psyche among his party rank and file. She said that TDP leaders still feel that they are in power, and fearlessly use abusive language to insult a woman in the name of caste. TDP leaders don't respect the people of oppressed classes. She also wondered if they could dare Insult an MLA like, then what would happen to a common man.

State Women's Commission chairperson Vasireddy Padma also spoke to the DGP and urged him to take strong action against the accused. (With inputs from IANS)

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