Former Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu refutes charges of YSRCP on Amaravati

South India

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and Former Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday objected the 'misinformation campaign' by the ruling Jagan Mohan Reddy government that the previous TDP regime had not brought any development but only showed 'graphics' to the people on state capital Amaravati.


"CM Jagan and his ministers were making false claims of 'graphics' only to destroy the high potential, dream capital of Andhra Pradesh out of political vendetta," Naidu said.

Chandrababu Naidu stated that over Rs 41,675 crores-worth projects were grounded for developing the government and public infrastructure in Amaravati and 45 to 80 per cent works were completed on different buildings already.

Addressing his fifth in a series of press conferences since Andhra Pradesh Governor approved three Capitals Bill, Naidu refuted the allegation that the TDP made the capital selection unilaterally.

"The decision was taken only based on many strong parameters including the fact that more than 50 per cent people told the Sivaramakrishnan Committee that they would favour location of capital between Vijayawada and Guntur. Over 4,700 people expressed this opinion while only 507 people preferred Visakhapatnam, 360 persons Kurnool and 265 for Ongole," he said.

Naidu asserted that Andhra Pradesh needed a huge capital city to get the kind of development and prosperity that was being witnessed in the neighbouring states.

"Kolkata was contributing 76 per cent revenue to West Bengal, Hyderabad 60 per cent to Telangana, Mumbai 57 per cent to Maharashtra, Bhubaneswar 56 per cent to Orissa and Chennai 39 per cent to Tamil Nadu. Similarly, Amaravati was visualised as a model city with lots of potential to create its own revenue generation for the entire state," the TDP chief said.

Naidu said that if he had built a small town for Andhra Pradesh capital nearby Vijayawada or Guntur, there would not have been any scope for future growth on the lines of metropolitan cities in other progressive states.

The TDP chief said that the only way to stop this destruction by the YSRCP was for the people to create awareness and intensify the agitation to save a potential, dream city like Amaravati.

With inputs from Agency

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