AMARAVATI: Telugu Desam Party National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday challenged Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to seek re-election as a final referendum on the proposed trifurcation of Capital City for Andhra Pradesh.
Naidu termed it as a historic blunder that the AP Governor approved the Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill and the CRDA Repeal Bill today. The TDP chief asked who would do justice to the people of the State, if the Constitutional head of the State would also take such an unlawful decision in violation of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that Mr. Jagan Reddy spoke loudly in favour of Amaravati as only Capital City for AP on the floor of the Assembly when he was the Opposition leader prior to 2019 elections. But, after coming to power, the CM took a total U-turn and started taking a sadistic pleasure to demolish and destroy Amaravati. Such hateful activities never happened in the history of any State and even Jagan Reddy’s father YS Rajasekhara Reddy continued all the developmental projects launched by the TDP regime in Hyderabad which eventually led to spectacular development there.
Naidu said when he was in Opposition, Mr. Jagan Reddy called for finding 30,000 acres to develop a potential Capital for AP but now the CM was taking an insane step to destroy Amaravati in the name of 3 Capitals and inclusive growth. If the YSRCP’s designs were allowed to become true, the State would touch rock bottom in terms of under-development and poverty. CM Jagan had taken a Tughlaq decision to crush the dream and long-term aspirations of not just 29,000 farmers of Amaravati lands but all the 5 crore people of the State. Moreover, the breach of trust by the YSRCP would severely harm the lives of future generations of Andhra Pradesh.
The TDP chief announced that their party would join the agitation in response to the call given by the Amaravati Joint Action Committee all over the State. He welcomed the outpouring support from all sections to the cause of protecting Amaravati. He also appealed to the people to ‘open your eyes’ and realise that the time has come to intensify the agitation against the vicious and atrocious Capital shifting. The people should not think as if this was the problem of the Telugu Desam Party or one individual. In the larger interests of the State and future generations, everybody should join the fight for justice.
Naidu termed it as a ‘black Friday’ in the history of Andhra Pradesh considering the way in which the Governor did not consider the Constitutional propriety of approving the bills. The same has happened with regard to State Election Commissioner Ramesh Kumar, whose unconstitutional removal was eventually struck down by the court. This was not a time for politics but all the institutions involved should think of protecting the State’s overall interests.
The TDP chief said the YSRCP regime also lacked a sense of time as it was pushing ahead with trifurcation at a time when all sections of people were struggling to save their lives in the face of rising Covid threat. The Government was behaving as if it had no responsibility to protect a virus positive girl who could not get timely treatment in Vijayawada. When 10 people died in Prakasam district, they were just saying that these persons died due to consumption of sanitisers. There was no proper response from the Government till now.