Kakinada: Senior TS Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao suffered a humiliating experience when no leader from the AP unit of the party came forward to support him at his protest at the B.R. Ambedkar statue here.
He sat on protest alone for about two hours. He was protesting the demolition of the Ambedkar statue in Hyderabad.
According to sources, Mr Rao visited Kakinada to participate in a private function. During his visit, he gave a call that protests should be registered against the dumping of the Dr Ambedkar statue in a dumping yard in Hyderabad.
On Friday, he waited for Congress leaders and workers to join his protest at the Ambedkar statue here. Local Congress leaders said the election code was in place and no protest could be held without taking permission. They also told him that they could not participate without taking permission from the party high command.
Mr Rao tried to persuade them saying that the Congress was a revolutionary party and that the leaders and cadre need not worry about the code of conduct.
The local leaders and cadre tried to prevent him from sitting in protest, but the former MP said he had taken permission from APCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy and went ahead. No one joined him, and the temperature began rising. The police ignored the protest.
Seeing that he was not gaining any traction, Mr Rao ended the stir and threatened to get disciplinary action against the party leader.