Naidu seeks aid for flood victims

The leader of Opposition, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, turned emotional in the House on Tuesday while talking about the woes of flood victims.

He slammed the government and ministers for not helping thousands of flood victims of Kurnool and Mahbubnagar districts.

“Don’t take the issue as a political one,” he said. “It was such a pathetic sight that I almost felt like breaking down and weeping.”

The TD chief said the people went through hell during the floods but the government did not respond. “No minister visited the flood-affected areas but I went there and consoled the victims,” he said.

He alleged that ministers did this to make the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, unpopular among the people.

Ministers angrily objected to this comment and demanded an apology from Mr Naidu. Members from ruling and Opposition benches shouted against each other following which the House was adjourned for 15 minutes.

The government then turned the tables on Mr Naidu by reminding him of how he had mishandled the 1998 floods.

The revenue minister, Mr D. Prasada Rao, said that Mr Naidu was busy with United Front politics at that time and did not even take a decision on releasing waters when the Srisailam powerhouse was inundated.(DC)


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