Keeping up the pressure on Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the YSR Congress-led government Saturday issued a notice to him to vacate his official accommodation at Undavalli in Amaravati on the bank of river Krishna.
Undavalli Tehsildar V Srinivasulu Reddy advised Naidu to vacate his riverside bungalow "urgently" while citing the threat of flooding. The notice, issued in Telugu, stated, "You are advised to vacate the premises urgently as water will enter."
The tehsildar stated that nearly one lakh cusecs of water was set to be released by dams upstream of river Krishna on Saturday, which could cause more flooding at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada and water would enter Naidu’s house.
Naidu’s security personnel received the notice and informed him as he is at his Hyderabad residence since last week.
TDP leaders alleged that Naidu was being continuously hounded by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to force him to vacate the bungalow, also known as Lingamaneni guesthouse.
Officials also alleged that portions of the guesthouse were constructed illegally by encroaching the river bank.
Due to incessant inflows in river Krishna, the water level in the Prakasam Barrage had risen and reached the steps on the backside of Naidu’s house on Wednesday. His security personnel placed sandbags and stone crush to prevent further ingress.
TDP leader Varla Ramaiah today said that Naidu’s house was being singled out by the YSRCP government as it wanted him to vacate.
"On Friday they flew a drone over his house, today they have issued a notice. It is a deliberate attempt to force the former CM out of his house," said Ramaiah.
After TDP leaders questioned why the notice was issued only to Naidu, tehsildar Srinivasulu Reddy said that other buildings and guesthouses on the river bank will also be given such notices.