Naidu won’t be allowed to visit Babhli: Chavan

The Maharashtra Government today said TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu will not be allowed to visit the Babhli barrage site in the state.

"The former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and his delegation will not be allowed to visit the Babhli barrage (site)," Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said after a high-level meeting to review the situation ahead of the Nanded bandh tomorrow.

The bandh has been called by the Babhli Kriti Sangarsh Samiti.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah had yesterday appealed to Chavan to let the TDP team led by Naidu visit the project site.

On whether the decision has been communicated to Rosaiah, Chavan said "I have been speaking with him".

Naidu and 74 TDP leaders were arrested by Maharashtra Police on July 16 when they sought to visit the controversial Babhli irrigation project site constructed on river Godavari.

TDP alleges that the project being built "illegally" by the Maharashtra government is detrimental to the interests of the Telangana region.

Naidu was remanded in two-day judicial custody on Saturday after he refused to take bail.

The Court would decide on the issue, Chavan said, adding his remand has been extended.

"Matter (Babhli dam issue) is before the court and we will obey the court’s orders," he added.

Meanwhile, state Home Minister R R Patil said the magistrate would decided on where the TDP chief is to be shifted.

Currently, Naidu along with party MPs and MLAs is lodged at ITI building in Dharmabad.(PTI)

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