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Rosaiah's visit to flood-hit areas goes awry

Last updated on: October 13, 2009 19:55 IST

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Mohammed Siddique reports on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah's experiences when he went surveying the areas affected in the recent floods.

Rosaiah's three-day visit from October 11 to flood-hit areas in Kurnool, Guntur and Krishna districts turned out to be a bitter experience after angry people stopped his convoy at many places, shouted slogans against him, and even stoned the bus he was traveling in in Kurnool district.

Rosaiah was forced to cut short his trip due to the protests and returned to Hyderabad from Vijaywada on Tuesday.

Protestors in Kurnool stoned the bus on the first day, while people in Guntur and Krishna shouted slogans against him on the second day. The third day was no better with people in Vijaywada protesting against the ineffective relief work by the government.

Image: Rosaiah visits flood-hit areas of Andhra Pradesh
Photographs: Snaps India
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Most people alleged that they had not been getting relief material, while some said the relief had been inadequate. At some places, protestors asked the chief minister to step down from his bus and visit the flooded localities and their destroyed houses.

The police, finding it hard to control the crowd, did not allow the CM to get down.

People in Guptanagar area of Krishna Lanka blocked Rosaiah's vehicle. Angered by this, the chief minister decided to cancel other visits and returned to Hyderabad on Tuesday.

At Avanigadda in Krishna district, an old woman shouted at the chief minister, "What should I do with your rice and kerosene oil when I don't have a single utensil at my home? Should I sprinkle the keorsene and set myself ablaze?" Taken aback by the outburst, the chief minister reportedly moved ahead.

At some places, the chief minister spoke to the people from the bus saying, "I will do whatever is possible to help you."

Some farmers were upset when the chief minister said only the landowners would get compensation and not the farmers, as the government had only the landowners in its records.

Image: CM Rosaiah talks to an angry crowd during the visit
Photographs: Snaps India
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This was Rosaiah's first visit to the districts after he accepted the office on September 2, after the death of highly popular former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. At many places, people were heard shouting that had YSR been alive, they would not have faced such a situation.

The stone-throwing incident in Kurnool has turned into a political controversy within the Congress. State Congress president D Srinivas has called the attacks "deliberate", while supporters of YSR's son Jaganmohan Reddy have expressed anger over the remark.

Meanwhile, chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd Mukesh Ambani has contributed Rs 11.11 crore for relief work, and KCP Sugar, a coastal Andhra based company, has given Rs 1 crore for relief material and has written off loans of Rs 60 lakh of farmers.

Image: The CM gives out relief material to flood victims
Photographs: Snaps India
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