`No comment before completing my visit to affected areas'
Talks to reporters before leaving for Vizianagaram and SrikakulamWill visit rain-hit areas in Vizag today
VISAKHAPATNAM: Relief should be accorded top priority to help people reeling under the effect of torrential rain as a result of which several rivers were in spate, former Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu said.
Whoever was in government should provide them relief, he said in a brief interaction with reporters at the airport here on Monday before leaving for the flood-ravaged Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts.
He is scheduled to visit the rain-affected areas in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday. Several districts, including those in north Andhra, East and West Godavari, Warangal, Karimnagar and Adilabad, were severely affected and people had lost crop and property and were still facing severe hardship, he said.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu refused to comment on the relief being provided by the Government before seeing for himself the activities. "I will be here for three-four days to see the conditions and will speak about it later," he said. Asked to comment on the reports that his security was scaled down, he said he would not comment on it as his security was the Government's responsibility.
To a query on elections to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, he said it was not the time to talk about it.
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu was welcomed by former MP M.V.V.S. Murthy, and former Ministers Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu and Dadi Veerabhadra Rao., former MLA S. A. Rehman and TDP rural and urban units' presidents Bandaru Satyanarayana Murthy and Zaheer Ahmed, at the airport.
Former Deputy Mayor Malla Appala Raju who was suspended from the TDP for anti-party activities last month created a flutter by carrying a TDP flag and raising slogans. He ran after the car of Mr. Chandrababu Naidu to stop it in a bid to talk to him but was prevented by security personnel.