BJP seeks police bandobust for Laxman
The Times of India News Service
HYDERABAD: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sought "necessary bandobust" from the police commissioner for its ex-president Bangaru Laxman, who is arriving here on Friday evening. It is his first visit to his home state since he resigned from the post following the Tehelka expose.
Office-bearers of the party unit here will receive him with honour, party spokesperson Kishan Reddy said. Laxman, who is arriving here to attend a family wedding, is not expected to participate in any party activity, unlike his earlier visits which saw his days here packed with felicitations, meetings and a mandatory media conference.
Meanwhile, state BJP vice-president Baddam Bal Reddy, in a letter seeking protection for Laxman, said that opposition parties were planning to stage a dharna, sport black badges "and create a chaos at the airport''.
However, former Congress Legislature Party leader P Janardhan Reddy, who earned a letter of appreciation from party president Sonia Gandhi for the protest he organised during Union Home Minister L K Advani's recent visit to address a rally on the Tehelka issue, promised that Laxman would have a smooth entry here.
Reddy told The Times of India that while the protests against Advani were part of the nation-wide call by the party to gherao Advani, Laxman would be left alone since he had already resigned owning moral responsibility.