Visakhapatnam: Minister for tourism, Muttamsetti Srinivas asked Opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu to declare whether his party, the TDP, wants to have Visakhapatnam as the state's executive capital.

The minister said that Andhra Pradesh suffered to a great extent during bifurcation especially from the loss of Hyderabad and such regional conflicts would arise if development was concentrated in one place. He explained that such conflicts can be avoided with decentralisation and Visakhapatnam has all the required infrastructure to be an executive capital.

The minister said that it was not a hasty decision, unlike the previous government which selected Amaravati as the capital city for political gains. He said that the TDP leaders were only concerned about votes and seats in Visakhapatnam and had forgotten about its development. He questioned Naidu about what he had done for the North Andhra people except for betraying them.

The minister said that the government is committed to the development of North Andhra region and thus had initiated various development projects right from establishing educational institutions to multispecialty hospitals in tribal areas. He reminded that the credit for giving 75 percent jobs to the locals goes to chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. He said that the government had a clear vision on the development of all three regions through decentralisation and the decision is not for political gains.

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