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Undeclared Emergency In Andhra?

It looks like there is some sort of undeclared emergency prevailing in Andhra Pradesh, with chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu giving strict instructions to police not to allow any kind of agitations and rallies.

It was evident from the way, the police stalled the attempt of former minister and Kapu strongman Mudragada Padmanabham from coming out of his house at Kirlampudi in East Godavari district to take out a padayatra from Ravulapalem to Amalapuram.

More than 5,000 police were deployed in that small village and as soon as he came out for the rally, he was kept under house arrest.

And on Thursday, the police have virtually sealed the entire Visakhapatnam to prevent the Opposition parties from taking out a silent rally demanding special category status.

As director Ram Gopal Varma commented, Visakhapatnam looked like Iraq with the presence of thousands of police, arrested anyone who came on the roads. Such kind of situation is witnessed only during the period of Emergency.

Apparently, Naidu is of the opinion that any kind of leniency at this stage would expose his own government’s weakness as people would raise valid issues. So, he decided to supress their voices. But in a democratic system, such an attempt to crush the voice of opposition would only prove counter-productive to the ruling dispensation, as the people’s anger would erupt in many forms as the repression continues.

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