Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu was taken into precautionary custody at the airport on Thursday evening (27 February) due to the security of the ruling YSR Congress workers against their visit here had been taken.
When TDP workers started removing YSR Congress workers trying to stop Naidu’s convoy near the airport, tension spread there. During this time YSR activists were shouting slogans of ‘Back Go Naidu’, while TDP activists were shouting slogans in support of Chandrababu Naidu and against CM YS Sthanmohan Reddy. The airport soon turned into a political arena.
Activists of the YSR Congress said that former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who opposed granting special capital status to Visakhapatnam, did not have the moral right to come here. After this, he started showering eggs, tomatoes and shoes on Naidu’s convoy. The Kolkata-Chennai National Highway passing through Visakhapatnam was also blocked so that Naidu’s convoy could not proceed.
On the other hand, Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar Meena told PTI that Naidu was served a notice under Section 151 of the CrPC and was taken into preventive custody for his safety. The Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly was sent to the VIP lounge at the airport here.
Meena said, “They collaborated with us and agreed to go to the airport VIP lounge. While we initially allowed them to proceed according to their scheduled schedule, but there were a large number of protesters, so we decided to take them into preventive custody for their safety. “
The TDP chief arrived here from Vijayawada at around 11:45 pm on his way to Vijayanagaram as part of his statewide Praja Chaitanya Yatra. He was supposed to visit Gopalapatnam in Visakhapatnam and other areas around it, but the YSR Congress organized a protest to protest his visit.