BJP National Spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao on Friday night dismissed allegations that he fled an accident spot after the car that he was travelling in mowed down two women – killing one and injuring the other. The incident took place under the jurisdiction of the Tadepalli police in Guntur district and the two women hailed from Mangalagiri.
The MP's car hit the women as they were crossing the road after attending a function. While one woman died on the spot, the other victim was shifted to the Government General Hospital (GGH) in Vijayawada.
Many supporters of the TDP and others on social media alleged that the MP chose to get into another car and leave the premises, instead of helping the accident victims.
However, Narasimha Rao has since dismissed these allegations.
Taking to Twitter, the BJP leader said, "I was sleeping on a back seat when the incident happened. I was at the spot for 45 minutes until the police came, the injured woman was taken to hospital and a vehicle arrived to take the deceased lady to the hospital. I will visit their families to express my heartfelt condolences and assure them of all support."
"I was returning from a party meeting in our party office car. Another car came within 20 minutes of the incident to take me. However, I waited until the ambulance arrived, to take the injured lady to the hospital and another vehicle arrived to take the deceased lady's body. Anything else is fiction," he added.
Saurabh Khamar, Convener of BJP Andhra Pradesh's IT cell, also tweeted out photos of GVL at the hospital, calling on the woman who was injured.
The police have taken the driver into custody and registered a case under Section 304A (Causing death by negligence) and 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.
The state's Transport Department website showed that the car, a Toyota Innova, was registered under the BJP state office's name with the Road Transport Authority’s office in Vijayawada.