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Breaks padayatra as doctors advise him two days' rest

TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu gets his right leg massaged in Guntur district on Thursday.
TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu gets his right leg massaged in Guntur district on Thursday.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu suffered a bruise in his right leg after a makeshift staircase collapsed at Kolakaluru in Tenali Rural mandal on Thursday afternoon. The injury forced Mr. Naidu to suspend his ongoing ‘Vastunna Meekosam,’ padayatra which completed 2,000 km only on Wednesday. Doctors advised him to take rest for two days.

The incident took place minutes after Mr. Naidu addressed a gathering at the village centre. He climbed atop a 10-foot-high pedestal where statues of B.R Ambedkar, Jagjeevan Ram and N.T. Rama Rao were installed. As he was alighting from the staircase supported by a railing, students of a school and local leaders mobbed him. Mr. Naidu lost his balance as the staircase crumbled under the weight. Acting swiftly, security guards caught hold of Mr. Naidu and helped him stand on his feet again.

Doctors applied oil and massaged his leg.

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