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Chavan turns down Rosaiah's request to let Naidu visit Babhli

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah today stepped in to request his Maharashtra counterpart Ashok Chavan to let Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu visit the controversial Babhli barrage but it was turned down.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2010 23:20 IST

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Sunday stepped in to request his Maharashtra counterpart Ashok Chavan to let Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu visit the controversial Babhli barrage but it was turned down.

The TDP chief and 74 partymen were arrested on Friday night by Maharashtra Police at Dharmabad during the protest over an irrigation project in Babhli and remanded to two days judicial custody on Saturday after they refused to take bail.

"I also requested Chavan to permit the TDP team to go around and have a look at it. So, I told him please provide necessary bandobust and help and allow them to go around," Rosaiah told reporters in Hyderabad.

Declining Rosaiah's request, Chavan appealed to Naidu to return to his state owing to the "sensitive" situation in the region.

"I have requested Chandrababu to return to Andhra Pradesh as the situation in the area is very sensitive," Chavan said in Mumbai.

Chandrababu is trying to politicise the situation, keeping an eye on by-elections in Andhra Pradesh. He should take bail and return to his state, Chavan said.

"He either has to go back or his custody would be extended. It is not correct to enter the state by breaking laws and then call for a bandh in Andhra Pradesh," the Chief Minister said.

"The matter is subjudice and the court's decision has to be respected," Chavan said, adding, "what is he going to achieve by visiting Babhli barrage?"

TDP has called a state-wide bandh in Andhra Pradesh on Monday in protest against the arrest of Naidu and 74 legislators.

In Nanded, Chavan's home district, senior Congress leader from Marathwada region and Babhli Kriti Sangarsh Samiti convenor, Bhaskarao Patil Khatgaonkar, warned that total bandh would be observed in the district if Naidu was not shifted out by Monday.

"We apprehend serious law and order problem in Nanded district in whose Dharmabad town Naidu has been lodged for last three days after his arrest on way to visit the controversial Babhli barrage project," Khatgaonkar, close relative of Chavan, said.

Dharamabad is 12 km from Andhra Pradesh border and there are reports that hundreds of Naidu supporters and TDP activists have gathered along the border, he said.

Three policemen were injured today after TDP activists, who had gathered to protest the arrest of Naidu, pelted stones at them at the Andhra Pradesh-Maharashtra border here, police said.

"Around 500 TDP workers had gathered in Basar village, which lies on the border. However, as prohibitory orders were in place, police asked them to vacate the area following which they pelted stones at the police," they said.