Andhra Pradesh: Controversy over Jinnah Tower in Guntur, Hindu Vahini members detained for hoisting tricolor

Andhra Pradesh: Controversy over Jinnah Tower in Guntur, Hindu Vahini members detained for hoisting tricolor

Guntur (Andhra Pradesh): On the auspicious occasion of the country’s 73rd Republic Day, a political dispute broke out over a protest by Hindu Vahini members at Jinnah Tower in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

Several people staged a demonstration with the national flag at Jinnah Tower in Guntur, after which they were taken into custody. Jinnah Tower is situated at the Jinnah Chowk area of Guntur.

After this, the BJP demanded that this tower should be named after the former President of the country, Abdul Kalam. 

While attacking the BJP, MLC Appi Reddy has said that BJP wants to give the incident a communal color. Reddy has also accused the BJP of instigating people.

Reddy said the BJP was trying to instigate people by raising communal issues. 

“The BJP has been making controversial statements about the demolition of the memorial for the last two weeks. BJP leaders should not forget that they were in alliance with the TDP from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2014 to 2019. Manikyala Rao handled the Endowment Department at that time. If BJP was so keen why didn’t they change the name at that time?” he said.

In view of the dispute over Jinnah Tower, a fence was put around it and its security has also been increased. Reddy said that the intention of those who attacked the tower was not known. 

“They had to be taken into custody, giving top priority to the safety of the people,” he said.

Subsequently, Vellampally Srinivasa Rao, a minister in the YSRCP government, said in a tweet, “the parties that ruled the state between 2014-19 did not remember the Jinnah Tower in Guntur. Can there be anything more wrong than this that now the BJP is doing such an act?”

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On the other hand, BJP National Secretary Sunil Deodhar, in a tweet targeting the state government, directly asked CM Jagan Mohan Reddy whether Guntur in Andhra Pradesh is a part of the Republic of India or not. 

“We are not in Pakistan. Shame on the state government which prevented Hindu Vahini workers from unfurling the national flag there on Republic Day. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam will not give up the fight to change the name of Jinnah Tower,” he said.

first published:Jan. 27, 2022, 11:05 a.m.

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