Maha CM Chavan cancels visit to AP following TDP threat
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 23:20
Hyderabad: Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has cancelled his scheduled visit to Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh Wednesday following threats from TDP workers to block his entry as protest against the arrest of their leader Chandrababu Naidu over the Babhli irrigation project row.

Chavan, an ardent devotee of Satya Sai Baba, was supposed to arrive by a special flight tomorrow morning in Puttaparthi and proceed by road to Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of the Baba.

However, given the ongoing agitation against the arrest of the TDP chief and 74 others, party leaders had vowed to block his entry into the state.

Following this, the Satya Sai Trust advised Chavan to cancel his proposed visit, official sources said here.

Accordingly, Chavan's office informed the Anantapur district Superintendent of Police that the Maharashtra Chief Minister's trip has been cancelled, the sources added.

Seething over Chavan in the manner in which a leader of Naidu's stature has been treated by the Maharashtra government and the police "excesses" on the party legislators arrested there, the TDP said it would block the formers visit to Puttaparthi.

‘Those who targeted Naidu convoy will not be spared’

Those who attacked the convoy of TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu in Aurangabad will not be spared and will be booked at any cost, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said today.

The activists belonging to the 'Chhava' organisation had allegedly pelted stones at the convoy transporting TDP leaders, while they were being taken to the Aurangabad jail from Dharmabad earlier in the day.

Chavan told reporters, "We have done our best to give respect to Naidu... now let the court decide about his fate over his arrest. After all, our patience has some limits".

Amidst high-drama, Naidu and 74 lawmakers from Andhra Pradesh were shifted to Aurangabad today, with TDP leaders accusing local police of high-handedness during the process.

He said his government has always desired to maintain good relation with neighbouring states - Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

"I am confident that all will go well over the Belgaum issue. We urge the Karnataka government to take care of our Marathi speaking people in Karnataka by providing good protection," he said.

While performing the Maha Pooja at the lord Vitthala temple, he said would pray for good rains, huge crop, good economic condition of the farmers and development of the state on all fronts.


First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 23:20

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