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"Have done nothing wrong," says AP CM on arrest warrant

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

A day after a court in issued an arrest warrant against him, Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Friday said he did nothing wrong and had only tried to protect the interests of north Telangana by opposing the on the

Hitting out at the BJP, Deputy (Revenue) K E said the saffron party was foisting cases against as part of a "political conspiracy."

The judicial first class of Dharmabad in district, N R Gajbhiye, had issued the order against and 15 others in a 2010 case related to an agitation by them over the Babli projecti.

The directed police to arrest all the accused and produce them in the court by September 21.

Addressing a public meeting at Sunnipenta in district this afternoon, the said: "What I did eight years ago was only to protect the north Telangana region and ensure no damage happened to Telugu people due to the construction of the ..

We will think what to do about the police case (and the arrest warrant)."

He said police deliberately arrested him and other leaders on the (then united AP) border when they went to protest against the Babli construction.

"I told the police then itself that I did nothing wrong and they could do whatever they wanted. At one point, they said they have filed cases and later said no cases. They then forcibly brought us back in a special flight to

And now they (police) are saying notices and arrest warrant have been issued," Naidu said.

"We will think what to do about it," he added.

Addressing the gathering, (Revenue) K E alleged that the BJP rule resembled that of the British regime.

"BJP is foisting cases against Chandrababu as part of a political conspiracy. (Prime Minister) Modi fears that Chandrababu Naidu will prevent him from becoming Prime Minister again," he said

Other ministers spoke separately to the media at different places in the state and condemned the arrest warrant issued against their leader.

"Issuing an arrest warrant without even serving prior notices is atrocious. This is hurting the self-respect of Andhra people," Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy said.

State and Energy minister K K V Rao, Urban Development minister P Narayana, Civil Supplies minister P P Rao, were among those condemned the arrest warrant and termed it a witch-hunt by the Centre.

Naidu and others, then in the opposition in the united Andhra Pradesh, had been arrested and lodged in a jail in Pune in connection with the agitation staged by them near the site in Maharashtra, opposing it on ground that it would affect the people downstream.

All were released later though they did not seek bail.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 19:30 IST