Tension prevailed at Alipiri in Tirupati when Telugu Desam Party (TDP) workers on staged a protest against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on his way to Renigunta airport from Tirumala hills and a stone was pelted at his convoy.
Security personnel accompanying Shah's convoy and police officials at the check-post were finally able to disperse the TDP workers and detain some of them, as Shah's convoy drove away.
The stone-pelting on one of the vehicles in the convoy of the BJP leader sparked off tension at Alipiri in Tirupati, sources said.
"Dont bring disrepute to the party by such acts of indiscipline". "Once the person who threw the stone at a private vehicle is identified, action will be taken".
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A TDP statement, quoting the chief minister, said he asked the party leaders to ensure that such incidents did not recur. AP Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu condemned the attack on Amit Shah. Devotees at the temple shouted slogans against the BJP as Shah came out of the temple.
Tirupati Urban Superintendent of Police Abhishek Mohanty told PTI that they were investigating the incident. BJP led NDA government was trying to fullfill all the promises as per the AP Re-organisation Act, he said. While condemning the attack on the BJP chief, he warned the TDP cadres of indulging in such violent protests. It may be mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised Andhra Pradesh Special category Status from Tirupati during the 2014 election campaign.
As Amit Shah's convoy was racing past the Tirumala Ghat Road, pilgrims who were en-route on foot to the temple, shouted SCS slogans all through the way.