Mumbai, July 28 -- As leaders from the ruling and opposition parties made a beeline to visit flood-affected area and express their sympathies with the affected people, politics over "flood tourism" has heated up.

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that "political tourism" should not hamper the relief work, while Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar urged politicians in Maharashtra to avoid visiting the flood-affected areas and that only those who are directly related to an affected area should visit it.

The statements from the alliance partners came ahead of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's visit to Chiplun and Taliye, along with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Ashish Shelar, on Tuesday.

Opposition leader De...