Hyderabad, Jul 21: N Chandrababu Naidu, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief landed in Hyderabad late on Tuesday, Jul 20 after a five-day ordeal in Maharashtra in connection with the controversial Babli dam issue.
A special chartered flight provided by Maharashtra state government brought the leader and his aides from Aurangabad after a protracted drama.
Naidu and 65 other TDP leaders were taken from Nanded district to Aurangabad on a undisclosed rout. They were driven to the airport instead of the Harsul jail in Aurangabad. They staged a dharna for an hour and a half on the runway before they were put on the chartered flight.
They arrived at the airstrip at Hyderabad International airport at Shamshabad at 10 pm on Tuesday, Jul 20. They were received by Naidu's wife Bhuvaneswari and son Lokesh Babu along with several other TDP leaders and activists. The TDP leaders raised slogans against the Congress and the Maharashtra Government. Heavy police force was deployed at the airport at the time of their arrival.
Naidu and his supporters were arrested in Dharmabad for violating prohibitory orders and insisting on visiting the controversial Babli barrage site in Nanded district on Saturday, Jul 17. TDP claimed that the barrage on Godavari river was "illegal" and will affect the flow of water into Andhra Pradesh.