Visakhapatnam: Slamming the TDP leadership for vehemently opposing development activities in Vizag, the YSRCP on 7 March said the Opposition has no moral right to seek votes for the civic polls.

Anakapalle MLA and YSRCP leader Gudivada Amarnath said the TDP has strongly opposed Vizag being the state executive capital and has stalled distribution of house sites to two lakh people, placed hurdles for building a guest house, and tried to damage the brand image of Visakhapatnam on various occasions. And now shamelessly, the father-son duo has come to town seeking votes, he said referring to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh.

He said while the TDP has no interest in developing Visakhapatnam or the north Andhra region, it has looted the place for personal and political gains. The MLA alleged that Mr. Naidu had set out to spoil the brand image of Visakhapatnam on multiple accounts but was now shedding crocodile tears to gain political mileage ahead of the municipal polls. He claimed that after facing a major defeat in his own constituency in the Kuppam panchayat elections, Mr. Naidu and his son were campaigning for the GVMC elections with a faulty narrative and fake promises.

"How can Chandrababu and Lokesh ask for votes in Vizag when they are against the city being made the executive capital? There were many land-grabbing during the Chandrababu regime. Government lands were looted and handed over to Naidu's close associates," said the MLA, adding that Mr. Naidu and his son were indeed the betrayers of Vizag and north Andhra region.

He said that Mr. Naidu had not opposed the Centre's decision to privatize Visakhapatnam Steel Plant when the proposal was floated in 2014. However, Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy had written to the Prime Minister suggesting three alternatives to continue it in the public sector and the state will also move a resolution in the Assembly seeking the Centre to review its decision on privatization, Mr. Amarnath said, alleging that the TDP has no guts to raise its voice against the Centre, the BJP, or its ally Jana Sena.

He recalled that former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had prevented the privatization of many such units in Visakhapatnam but Mr. Naidu had failed to take up the responsibility of protecting the VSP.

Mr. Amarnath said Chief Minister Jagan had implemented every promise he had made in the manifesto since coming to power in the state, although the Opposition leaders were trying to stall development projects.

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