Amaravati: The attack on BJP president Amit Shah's convoy in Alipiri near Tirupati on Friday has attracted widespread criticism. The state government is being blamed directly for lapses in security which were responsible for this incident. That a leader with Z+ category security like Amit Shah could be targeted by TDP protesters openly led people to speculate that the government had let its guard down deliberately. Local BJP leaders allege that the attack by the ruling party workers is a reflection of the functioning of the AP police under TDP.
TDP workers who were heard shouting slogans of 'Go Back Amit Shah', were seen attacking the convoy of the BJP president. The police had reportedly arrested three ruling party workers. The Intelligence wing of the Centre, IB has taken serious note of the incident. It is pertinent to point out that the attack is being seen in the light of Chandrababu Naidu's statements along with those of his Cabinet colleagues sharpening their criticism of PM Modi and the Centre. Intelligence Agencies are reported to have attributed this physical attack to such strident incitement on the part of CM. Speculation is rife in political circles that Chandrababu's recent statement that if he willed no vehicle belonging to the Centre would ply on the roads of AP, could have triggered this attack.
Central Intelligence Agencies are believed to have stated that the TDP cadre is getting increasingly aggressive because of Chandrababu's provocative speeches against BJP leaders as also those of his colleagues.
Who took part in the Alipiri attack? And more importantly, who is backing them?—these are some of the key questions being asked by the IB. It is learnt that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) at the Centre has been apprised of the failure on the part of the AP police to provide adequate security cover to the National President of the ruling party at the Centre.
It is also being said that MHA has sought a report from the AP Police on the incident. If a government can't protect a VVIP like Amit Shah and his family, what chance does the common man have of any security under the TDP rule? This is the question being asked by people of various walks of life.
The most controversial aspect of the attack is perhaps the statement of the AP Home Minister saying that no such attack had taken place.