A leader of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was stabbed to death outside his residence in Mangalagiri town on Tuesday.
Three unidentified persons attacked TDP leader Uma Yadav with sharp objects when he left his house around 7.30 on Tuesday evening, police said. The TDP leader died on the spot.
A case has been registered and police are scrutinising the CCTV footage for clues.
While sources in the police say the TDP leader was an accused in a murder case and personal rivalry could be the reason, TDP leaders have alleged a political angle behind the killing.
TDP has claimed that attacks on its leaders and supporters have seen an increase following the victory of YSR Congress in the assembly elections.
TDP Chief Chandrababu naidu son Nara Lokesh had contested from Mangalagiri constituency, but lost to YSRCP’s A Ramkrishan Reddy, who has been appointed as chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) by chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
In view of the growing attacks on TDP workers, Telugu Desam president N Chandrababu Naidu had earlier said his party would not adopt a ‘wait and watch’ policy towards YSR Congress government in Andhra Pradesh.
“We initially wanted to give the new government of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy six months time. But we can’t remain silent now when our party workers are being threatened and attacked ever since the election results,” Naidu said.
Naidu had alleged that the YSRC was acting with the objective of (physically) attacking TDP workers on the one hand and indulging in mudslinging on the leaders on the other.
He referred to the alleged attacks on TDP workers in Anantapuramu, Prakasam, Guntur and East Godavari districts. “We have to hit back at them if they are indulging in mudslinging in the name of corruption against our leaders. At the same time, we have to thwart their attacks on our workers,” the TDP chief had said.