Maha CM Chavan cancels visit to AP following TDP threat

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.

PTI



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

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