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Naidu Cancels Gulf Tour: Cyclone Or Lokesh Effect?

Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday suddenly announced cancellation of his trip to Dubai, UAE and Kuwait, on the pretext that he has to be in the state since the cyclone Vardah presently located over southeast Bay of Bengal is expected to wreak havoc in the coastal Andhra in the next 48 hours.

Naidu was to leave for Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait in the afternoon and was supposed to be there till December 13, to invite investors to take part in the proposed Partnership Summit-2017 to be held at Visakhapatnam on January 27 and 28. However, the chief minister announced that he was not going abroad in the wake of cyclone threat to the state.

It was a surprise to many officials, as it was only the other day that he told them to report to his son Lokesh on administrative matters. Hence, the sudden move to cancel his tour raises many eyebrows.

Sources say may be he had felt a threat from Lokesh himself, as it might help the latter stage a coup against Naidu in the coming days. If Lokesh gains control over administration, he might as well take the power into his hands at a later stage. Since Naidu does not believe his own shadow, there is no wonder he does not believe his own son, say sources.

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