Amaravati: Several BJP leaders, including its national secretary, Sunil Deodhar, and workers were arrested by Guntur police (AP). They were planning to march towards Jinnah Tower Centre in Guntur on Tuesday evening, demanding that it be renamed after former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
The youth wing of the saffron party, BJYM, the BJP leaders and workers were about to start a protest march to Jinnah Tower when police came and dispersed them. Some protesters were detained as well.
The saffron party and other Hindu organisations are demanding to change the name of Jinnah Tower from some times, but the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government hasn’t paid any attention to this matter.
On Tuesday, Mr Deodhar, the co-in-charge of the party for the state, was in the city and sought to lead the protest.
The BJP demanded that the Jinnah Tower be renamed as the A P J Abdul Kalam Tower.
BJP Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao condemned the high-handed behaviour of the police against his party leaders and their detention.
In a tweet, he wondered “if we are in AP or Pakistan.”
State BJP president Somu Veerraju said not only their party but also the people demanded that the tower be renamed.
He said there was widespread support for the demand to remove Jinnah’s name and that the tower be renamed after Abdul Kalam. “The state government cannot adopt an oppressive stance over our demand,” Mr Veerraju added.