The so-called discipline in Prajarajyam Party ranks is in tatters. Loyal workers protesting denial of tickets to their leaders are resorting to violence, breaking furniture and setting party offices on fire.
At Kalwakurthy in Mahbubnagar district, PRP activists attacked the party office as their leader Jupalli Prabhakar Rao was not given the assembly ticket. They went on a rampage, damaging furniture and setting the PRP office on fire on Sunday.
Meanwhile, PRP Anantapur assembly candidate, T J Prakash, on Sunday lodged a complaint with district SP M K Singh that he suspected a bomb attack on his car on Saturday as his followers had heard a defeaning sound. “It could be the handiwork of those who did not get the ticket,” he said. The car, parked at his residence in Ramnagar, was in flames and his family members alerted the police.
Earlier, a group of Chiranjeevi fans had attacked the party office and set the furniture and computers on fire on Saturday afternoon in protest against denial of Anantapur assembly ticket to Rayalaseema Chiranjeevi Fans Association president A Surendra Babu.
But party sources said Prakash, a lodge owner belonging to Balija community, has been leading the district party ever since PRP was launched. “He has close contacts with Chiranjeevi family and since Balija community votes are prominent in Anantapur the party favoured Prakash,” a source said.
The PRP activists also staged a protest at Tadipatri in protest against the candidature of P Narasimhaiah for the assembly ticket. A group of dissidents are planning to field a rebel candidate from Kadiri assembly segment, sources said.