Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Amjad Basha, on Thursday slammed TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu for promoting false propaganda that GN Rao Committee had suggested Vishakapatnam was not suitable as the capital city. The committee report should be read properly before it is criticized, he said.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Mr Amjad said, “Chandrababu Naidu had previously said that Vizag is a great city and could be the second capital city of the state.” Lambasting Mr Naidu’s comments, he asked, ” Doesn’t Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have their capital cities along the sea coast?.” He said Mr Naidu was trying to cast the GN Rao Committee report in a bad light because he was adamant about making Amaravati the capital city. He further said Mr Naidu only wants Amaravati to develop whereas CM Jagan is keen on developing all regions of the state.

Mr Amjad also said that decentralization would develop backward regions in north Andhra and Rayalaseema region. “The TDP is against decentralization and hence ignored the Sivaramakrishnan Committee report and instead brought out the Narayana Committee report to use for its own ends,” he said.

” The backwardness of north Andhra and Rayalaseema regions was also mentioned in the Sivaramakrishnan Committee report and the decision on decentralization was taken after the GN Rao Committee report was thoroughly discussed by the high-power committee,” he said.

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2 comments on "Naidu spreading propaganda about Vizag being unsuitable for capital: Amjad Basha"

  • Both Amaravati and Visakhapatnam are not suitable places for Capital City of Andhra Pradesh on several counts. Chandrababu and Jagan did not follow Justice Sivaramakrishna recommendation in terms of selecting site for capital. Both prefereed Real Estate Capitals for AP. Now YSRCP leaders talk on cyclones and referred Chennai and Mumbai cases. But unfortunately they forgot the historical perspective. Britishers developed coastal zones for their selfish interests. But now with growth of these cities, we have seen the destruction and loses to humans in terms of economy and health hazards. Politicians are happy through unplanned growth that created urbanflooding. Now we learned the facts on pollution, cyclones, national security, etc. along with anti-social activities including drug trafficking at Visakhapatnam. Should we chose such a place for capital and destroy our children. Also, people and committee reports talk of three capitals with 100% executive power put in Visakhapatnam. Kurnool and Amaravati becomes eyewash capitals with zero executive power. All the committees blindly followed what the CM announced in the Assembly before the reports were submitted. So, pre-concieved idea only.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

  • continued above:

    It is clearly seen that there is a vast difference between (Late) Dr. Y. S. Rajashekar Reddy Rule and Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy Rule. Though later claimed he is following the former. The former put more emphasis on overall development of the state. Yet he did not neglect the populistic schemes but those are more pragmatic. Nobody felt that they are beggars. Unfortunately the later forgot the developmental activities and put more emphasis on populistic schemes that create an atmosphere that they are beggars. This way he is wasting huge sum of public money instead of investing the same to create respectable employment opportunities. The classical example is indiscriminate payments to farmers and now including farm labours at Amaravati. Though, he claimed that he will create a system to improve agriculture on Amaravati lands. The objective of this is clearly seen “avoid confrontation to establish real estate capital at Visakhapatnam” at any cost to meet their selfish interests. For the capital already YSRCP put tender to centre for allocation of more than Rs. 40,000 crores. He should stop wasteful expenditure and put more emphasis on developmental activities, more particularly on irrigation projects by resolving the issues with TS government.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

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