Hyderabad: Nearly 200 Uttarakhand pilgrims belonging to Andhra Pradesh arrived in Hyderabad on Monday by an aircraft chartered by the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

The party leaders also arranged special buses at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport to transport all 196 pilgrims to their respective towns.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu's son Lokesh received the pilgrims at the airport and oversaw the arrangements for their journey to their destinations.

Amid mounting criticism of the Congress government in coming to the rescue of the pilgrims, it was Naidu who was present at Delhi airport to console and see off the pilgrims.

He spoke to the airport authorities to get clearance for the pilgrims not having any identity proof.

Naidu, who returned to India from the US on Sunday, was angry over what he said were the shoddy arrangements made by the state authorities.

Naidu visited Dehradun on Monday and called on Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna.

He complained of discrimination against non-Hindi speaking pilgrims and demanded immediate steps to rescue them.

(Agencies)

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