A political controversy has erupted in Telangana after police conducted raids on the houses of relatives of M Raghunandan Rao, who is the BJP candidate from Dubbak bypoll constituency.

The police claimed to have recovered 18.65 lakh from two persons linked to the BJP candidate in Siddipet ahead of the November 3 by-elections.

However, clashes erupted soon after the alleged recovery was made with BJP workers claiming that the amount had been planted by the police personnel.

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay, party leader G Vivek Venkataswamy and some other leaders were arrested in Siddipet. In the melee, Bandi Sanjay is reported to have received minor injuries.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy, who met M Raghunandan Rao after the police action condemned the police action on BJP leaders.  

Slamming the police action, BJP MP and spokesperson Rajeev Chandrasekhar said: "This is a desperate attempt by the KCR government to misuse the police to intimidate the BJP Telangana leadership, which has created a serious campaign and challenged the TRS in this by-election."  

"Things are looking too shaky for KCR and TRS. Therefore, this very desperate attempt to try to arrest and intimidate Bandi Sanjay, party leader G Vivek Venkataswamy and some other leaders, including shamelessly trying to plant money on them to try and make a case against them. This will not prevail, and the BJP will fight back," he added.

The BJP also claimed that the police did not show any notice or authorization before conducting the raids and even allegedly threatened inmates of house.

The bypoll for Dubbaka assembly constituency was necessitated after sitting TRS MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy's death due to heart attack. 

While the TRS fielded Reddy's wife Solipeta Sujatha as its nominee, BJP fielded Raghunandan Rao who lost twice. Cheruku Srinivas Reddy, son of former minister Cheruku Mutyam Reddy, is the Congress candidate for the bypoll.