To celebrate the release of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N Chandrababu Naidu from prison after 53 days, his supporters gathered in large numbers at his residence in Undavalli in Andhra Pradesh’s Amaravati district. Naidu walked out of the Rajamahendravaram central prison on Tuesday evening, hours after the Andhra Pradesh High Court granted him a temporary bail in the Skill Development Corporation scam case.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Andhra High Court granted interim bail for a period of four weeks to Naidu on health grounds. Advocates representing the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister had informed the court that he needed the bail to undergo a cataract surgery.
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“I extend my gratitude to all the Telugu people. In the past 52 days when I had been in difficulties, all of you have come out and extended support to me and said your prayers for me. I will never forget the love you have showered. Not only in Andhra Pradesh but in both the Telugu states,” Naidu said, talking to reporters outside the jail after his release yesterday.
He thanked all the people who supported him across India and all over the world in various countries, promising to never forget their gesture. Naidu noted that “all the political partie” have supported him, especially Pawan Kalyan and Janasena.
He highlighted that the BJP, CPI, BRS and some leaders from the Congress party had also extended support and thanked all of them.
TDP leaders and supporters came out in large numbers over the past 52 days and fought for me. Some supporters have also cycled from Srikakulam to Kuppam for me, said Naidu. He also mentioned that several IT professionals and others extended support in large numbers in Hyderabad, especially in the wake of cyber towers completing 25 years of existence.
According to Naidu, all those who benefited from his work came out and supported him voluntarily and spontaneously, including citing examples.
Refraining from political statements as he is out on bail temporarily, Naidu observed that in his 45-year political life he “never made any mistake or allowed anyone make mistakes.”
Naidu was arrested on September 9 for allegedly misappropriating funds from the Skill Development Corporation, which resulted in a purported loss of over Rs 300 crore to the state exchequer.
With inputs from News18