Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and current leader of opposition N Chandrababu Naidu was denied VIP access to the aircraft he was boarding and was asked to undergo frisking at Vijayawada airport.
Reportedly, airport security staff did not allow his convoy up to the aircraft. Naidu was asked to get off and undergo the regular security checks before boarding, a security guard was seen frisking him at the entrance. Following which he had to board the bus along with common passengers.
Naidu was given ‘Z plus’ category security after he was attacked by Maoists at Alipiri in Tirupati in 2003. This meant that he had 24-hour protection by 23 armed security men and escort vehicles.
The TDP has also alleged that BJP and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) were resorting to witch-hunting while asserting that Leader of Opposition (LoP) in a state Assembly also comes with the benefits of a cabinet minister rank.
Former state Home Minister and TDP leader Chinna Rajappa said that the authorities have not only insulted the former CM but also compromised his security. He added that Naidu had never needed to face such a situation though he was in the opposition for many years. He also urged the central as well as the state government to ensure proper security for Naidu.
The TDP has had a sour relationship with the ruling YSR Congress Party after having lost in the 2019 Assembly elections. Earlier Chandrababu Naidu had decided to skip Jagan Mohan Reddy’s swearing-in ceremony despite being invited by the CM.