Chandrababu Naidu’s arrest prompts Andhra Pradesh bandh today, supported by Pawan Kalyan’s party; key highlights.

N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has declared a state-wide bandh in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, protesting against the arrest of the former chief minister in connection with a case involving the misappropriation of government funds. Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party (JSP) has expressed its support for this bandh call.

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Following his arrest in a corruption case related to the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation, Chandrababu Naidu was placed in judicial custody for a period of 14 days.

Here are the key updates on the Andhra Pradesh bandh call:

1.TDP AP president K Atchannaidu has issued a statement urging TDP members, the public, and civil society to actively participate in the protest and ensure its success.

2.Chandrababu Naidu was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days by a local court in Vijayawada. He is accused of involvement in a multi-crore corruption scandal related to the misappropriation of funds from the Skill Development Corporation, resulting in a loss of ₹300 crore to the state government, according to Andhra Pradesh CID chief N Sanjay.

3.Pawan Kalyan, the leader of JSP, has accused the ruling YSR Congress Party of engaging in “anti-social activities” in Andhra Pradesh and claimed that the state government is “harassing” opposition parties. He has called on JSP members to participate in the bandh peacefully.

4.Chandrababu Naidu has been transferred to Rajamundry Central prison after his 14-day judicial custody was ordered. Heavy police presence has been deployed at the jail in anticipation of his arrival.

5.A large gathering of TDP supporters assembled at the Vijayawada court premises during the transfer of the TDP chief to the central jail. To maintain law and order, the Rajamundry Police has imposed section 144 within the city limits.

6.The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) court in Vijayawada has extended Naidu’s judicial custody until September 23.

7.Special provisions, including home-cooked food, medication, and a designated room, have been granted by the court for Chandrababu Naidu’s two-week stay in jail.

8.Following their leader’s arrest, TDP supporters in Visakhapatnam staged a hunger strike.

9.According to the CID’s remand report, Chandrababu Naidu was uncooperative during questioning. Despite the provision of a helicopter for his travel from Nandyal to Vijayawada, he chose to drive, with his convoy encountering disruptions from angry TDP members.

10.The CID investigation has uncovered serious irregularities, including the government’s advance payment of ₹371 crore before any expenditure by private entities. This amount, representing the entire 10% commitment by the government, was allegedly diverted to shell companies through fake invoices, with no actual delivery or sale of the items mentioned in the invoices, as per CID officials.

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