An email to a United States Mayor, demanding the arrest of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is presently on a tour of the country, triggered off a controversy on Monday.
Following an email complaint sent to Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, a US police party reportedly visited the place where Naidu was meeting a few public representatives.
According to reports, the police later found that there was a threat to Naidu from those who sent the email and provided security cover to him and other members of the visiting delegation.
The email alleged that Naidu is behind the killings of innocent citizens by branding them smugglers and that he was visiting the US to illegally mobilise funds.
It also reportedly claimed that the Chief Minister was campaigning against the policies of US President Donald Trump.
This was followed by allegations from the TDP, that someone from the opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) may be behind the email.
However, the party denied the allegations, while the YSRCP's US Committee also rubbished the reports.
The opposition party alleged that the fake news items were an attempt to divert attention from real story that a couple of outsourcing companies run by Naidu's supporters have been subjected to raids by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Condemning the false and baseless propaganda unleashed by TDP, YSRCP leader Botsa Satyanarayana asked the ruling party to refrain from cheap political gimmicks.
"This and earlier foreign trips of Chandrababu Naidu have been undertaken only to benefit his coterie and entrepreneurs leaving the state and its interest in the lurch. The party leaders and their friendly media have been bombarding the false allegations bringing in a conspiracy angle which has no basis," said Satyanarayana.
Chandrababu Naidu's son Nara Lokesh, who is a cabinet minister, alleged that YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy hatched the conspiracy against Naidu at the international level.