YS Sharmila Detained On Her Way To Secretariat

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'Why Do You Fear Protest': YS Sharmila Detained On Her Way To Secretariat

Undavalli (Andhra Pradesh):

Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president Y S Sharmila was detained on Thursday on her way to the Secretariat in Guntur district, along with party leaders and activists as part of the ‘Chalo Secretariat’ protest walk to submit a representation, a police official said.

Guntur district superintendent of police Tushar Dudi told news agency PTI that Sharmila was briefly detained.

“Y S Sharmila and other Congress leaders were detained for about three hours and let off. Police detained us near Undavalli at the entrance of the riverside road leading to the Secretariat,” APCC vice-president K Sivaji said.

Mr Sivaji said police moved the detained leaders to Mangalagiri Rural police station and took their signatures.

Y S Sharmila highlighted that she and Congress leaders were allegedly illegally arrested when they set off to the Secretariat to submit a representation demanding a mega District Selection Committee (DSC) teacher recruitment notification but not a ‘deceitful one’.

“Political power is not permanent, remember that. There is no freedom in our state to even submit a representation. It seems there is nobody in the Secretariat to receive the representation. The CM doesn’t go there, ministers are absent and officers also don’t go. This is proof enough to say that they don’t know how to rule,” Sharmila said in a post on ‘X.’ Earlier on Thursday, around 40 Congress activists were arrested in Vijayawada for blocking traffic and raising slogans as part of the planned protest walk to the Secretariat, against the recent DSC notification to recruit teachers.

The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) had called for a ‘Chalo Secretariat’ protest walk today from its office Andhra Ratna Bhavan in Vijayawada in NTR District to the Secretariat in Guntur district.

“We have arrested around 40 people (Congress activists) for obstructing traffic and raising slogans on Eluru Road. We have removed them,” Vijayawada South deputy commissioner of police (DCP) B Ravi Kiran told PTI.

Ms Sharmila said the YSRCP government was making arrests when the Congress party is standing by unemployed people.

She demanded that the government apologise to unemployed people as it reportedly promised 23,000 jobs but notified only around 6,000 in the DSC notification.

“Under the autocratic rule of YSRCP, arrests are being made when questions are being posed about the deceitful DSC. Thousands of police have been deployed around us with barricades, giving an impression that we are captives,” said Sharmila in a post on ‘X.’ Addressing a press conference in Vijayawada before setting off to the Secretariat, she noted that police have been on high alert for the past two days to restrict Congress leaders and activists ahead of proposed protest walk.

“What is our mistake? What is our sin? Are we thieves or bandits? What is the need for the government to restrict us? If you (YSRCP government) have really performed well then why are you fearing a protest from us?” asked Sharmila, who slept overnight in Andhra Ratna Bhavan to avert police restrictions and lead ‘chalo secretariat’.

She demanded a mega DSC notification with 30,000 teacher jobs and also a job calendar.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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