Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh government chief advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, on 19 February, lashed out at former Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. "At the time of state bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh had a debt of Rs. 90,000 crore and in just five years Mr Naidu increased it to Rs. 2.6 lakh crore," he said.
While addressing the media, Mr Ramakrishna said, "People rejected Mr Naidu in the recent elections because they were fed up with his governance. People from across the state and communities welcomed Jagan and gave him a record majority. In 2014, Mr Naidu only came to power because he made fake promises of waiving farmer's loans. Though he cheated the public during the state bifurcation, people gave him another chance but he ruined it with his craze for power."
Continuing his attack against the former CM, he said, "Can Mr Naidu boast of any single achievement in the past five years? Establishing the capital in the most fragile agricultural land was the most foolish decision he made. He chose the capital without consulting anyone or taking any expert opinion. Fearing the cash for vote case, he moved from Hyderabad to Amaravati though he had the option to keep Hyderabad as the capital for 10 years."
Mr Ramakrishna further said that Jagan gave a lot of thought to decentralisation. "Due to the absence of a proper storage system at Srisailam, lakhs of cusecs of water was wasted this year due to floods. Even the Amaravati region is prone to floods where the foundations are not strong enough to withstand the waters. Moreover, it almost requires Rs. 1 lakh crore to turn it into a world-class capital," he said.
Spending such a huge amount on the capital alone will lead to a huge financial crisis, he opined. "Hence, Chief Minister Jagan decided to have three capitals. He has fulfilled 80 per cent of the promises he made to the people in just eight months. He developed team spirit among employees and made them work efficiently," he said.
" Without any allegations, we created jobs by recruiting village and ward volunteers. Due to our commitment to develop education and health sectors we brought revolutionary changes with schemes like Amma-Vodi, Nadu-Nedu, and Vasathi-Deevena," said Mr Ramakrishna.