Telangana High Court grants permission to Bandi Sanjay’s padayatra, Hanamkonda public meeting

The TRS-led Telangana government attempts to put a stop to the Yatra and the public meeting fail as the court rules in BJP's favour.

ByAnupama M

Published Aug 26, 2022 | 2:28 PMUpdatedAug 26, 2022 | 5:10 PM

Bandi Sanjay on Day-21 of his Praja Sangrama Yatra at Kunoor village of the Jangaon district on Friday, 26 August. (BJP4Telangana/ Twitter)

After hours of suspense, the Telangana BJP on Friday, 26 August, obtained Telangana High Court permission to conduct a public meeting on the Hanamkonda Arts College grounds on Saturday.

The party sought court intervention when the college administration denied permission stating that the students had an exam on Saturday and that the meeting would disturb them.

It added that the college has only one entrance and that it didn’t want to cause inconvenience to the students.

The High Court, however, granted permission to the party to hold the meeting where the controversial ‘Praja Sangrama Yatra’ of its MP Bandi Sanjay would conclude.

TRS’ attempts to stop yatra fail

Meanwhile, in its relentless bid to put a stop to BJP MP Bandi Sanjay’s padayatra, the TRS-led Telangana government on Friday, 26 August, filed a lunch motion petition challenging the single-judge high court order granting him permission to continue the yatra.

On Thursday, Justice Vinod Kumar of the Telangana High Court permitted Bandi Sanjay to continue with the third phase of his ‘Praja Sangrama Yatra’ after the latter sought suspension of a police notice asking him to top the programme.

While Bandi Sanjay, on Friday morning, resumed his yatra at Uppugal village in Zaffergadh mandal of Warangal district, the Telangana government approached the high court seeking a fast-track hearing on its petition.

The government has contended that the yatra could cause law and order problems in the state.

The High Court noted that there was no need for fast-tracking the case. It postponed the case hearing to Monday, 29 August when the yatra is scheduled to conclude on Saturday.

While the petition’s hearing is pending, on Friday morning, the BJP and TRS activists clashed at Kunoor village of Bhongir mandal in Nalgonda district during the padayatra.

Disruption at Kunoor

The quarrel began when a 60-year-old TRS supporter, Raja from Kunoor village, went up to Bandi Sanjay and questioned him about the contributions of the BJP-led central government to Telangana.

Raja, reportedly, asked Sanjay what was the use of such yatras when the Centre had done nothing for the state.

The police providing security to the yatra jumped into action when BJP activists attacked Raja, and he was taken to a government hospital in the Jangaon district.

This led to clashes between the TRS supporters in the village and the BJP activists rallying behind Bandi Sanjay.

The police dispersed them with a lathi-charge.

Bandi Sanjay, however, is continuing his yatra as per schedule.