Bullet proof car’s brake fails; driver applies hand-brake to bring it to a halt
Telugu Desam president proceeded to Tirupati in another car in the convoy
He had arrived at Tirumala on Friday night along with wife Bhuvaneswari
TIRUMALA: Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday had a miraculous escape when the brake of the bullet proof car in which he was travelling failed while negotiating a sharp curve on the first ghat road leading to Tirupati about ten kilometres from here.
However, the car driver immediately applied the hand-brake and shifted the gears to bring the car to a halt.
The vehicle spun around as a result of the sudden application of hand-brake and the gears.
Mr. Naidu quickly moved into another car in the convoy and motored downhill to Tirupati to participate in the locally arranged programmes. Vehicular traffic was interrupted on the ghat road for about fifteen minutes following the incident.
Among those accompanying the TDP president in the car was former Minister B. Gopalakrishna Reddy, who, incidentally, happened to be in Mr. Naidu’s ill-fated car that was badly damaged when naxalites triggered mines at Alipiri in October 2003.
The others with Mr. Naidu were district unit president N. Amarnath Reddy and former Tirupati municipal chairman K. Sankar Reddy.
Mr. Naidu had reached Tirumala on Friday night along with wife Ms. Bhuvaneswari on a thanksgiving visit for the successful completion of his State-wide 117-day-long ‘Mee Kosam’ yatra which, according to party leaders, gave the party and its cadre the much required fillip at the appropriate time.
Later, Mr. Gopalakrishna Reddy bitterly criticised the State government for the shoddy facilities, particularly the security cover, given to a leader who was Chief Minister for nearly nine years and enjoyed a political image at the national level.