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Naidu pays tributes to stampede victims

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TDP national president and former chief minister, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, on Thursday paid rich tributes to those who died in the stampede here on Wednesday.

Later talking to media persons, Chandrababu Naidu said that he is deeply hurt with the Kandukur incident and that the party is extending financial assistance of Rs 24 lakh each to the kin of the deceased of which Rs 15 lakh is being paid from the party while the remaining amount is extended by the TDP leaders. Of the eight persons who succumbed to injuries, six belong to the downtrodden sections of society, he said adding that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, also extended financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to each family. “I have come here to pay tributes to the deceased persons and the TDP will stand by their family members. The party will take the responsibility of bearing the expenses for the education of the children of those who died in Wednesday’s incident,” Chandrababu Naidu announced.

Observing that he has been into politics for more than four decades, the TDP supremo recalled the days when road-show was organised by the late NT Rama Rao, the Ratha Yatra by the BJP top leader, LK Advani and he undertook a pada yatra. “Whichever leader comes to a place, it is the duty of the local police to oversee the law and order. I am not blaming anyone but the Kandukur police would have taken the necessary precautionary measures,” Chandrababu felt.

Without naming anyone, Chandrabau said that the way criticism is being made against his meetings is not correct. Stating that he does not need anyone’s sympathy, the former chief minister said that several meetings were held earlier by various parties exactly where he addressed his meeting on Wednesday. “I am leaving it to their wisdom whether to criticise such incidents too,” Chandrababu said and stated that it is now the duty of the people who gather for the meetings to take necessary safety measures even if the local police do not cooperate.

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