RK wants Amaravati to be ‘Bahujana Amaravati’, urges CM to set up 100-feet statue of Ambedkar

Hyderabad: The YSRCP Mangalagiri MLA, Alla Ramakrishna Reddy, made headlines again by airing his views on two important issues, Amaravati and a 100-feet statue of Ambedkar in his Assembly constituency. The firebrand MLA, popularly known as RK, asked people to call Amaravati ‘Bahujana Amaravati’.

The MLA’s remark comes following the state government’s decision to allot houses to 54,000 people from BC, SC, ST, and minority communities. “After CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s announcement, now the capital Amaravati will become Bahujana Amaravati,” he said, adding that in the days to come it will be transformed to Sarvajana Amaravati. His comments hint at how till now Amaravati was in the hands of a certain section of the society.

However, RK’s comments have irked the Opposition TDP and they have criticised the YSRCP MLA for his divisive words. Amaravati is the capital and it is the capital for everyone, a TDP leader said.

Meanwhile, in a letter to the Chief Minister, RK urged Jagan to consider the proposal to set up a 100-feet statue of BR Ambedkar in Ainavolu village. In fact, the earlier TDP government had planned to install a 125-feet statue of Ambedkar, apart from designing a Smritivanam in the name of the father of the Constitution. By mentioning the same in his letter addressed to the Chief Minister, the Mangalagiri MLA suggested that those proposals were stalled and hence a 100-feet statue of Dr Ambedkar could be set up in Neerukonda where the earlier TDP government had planned to set up the statue of late Chief Minister N.T Rama Rao.

Till now RK has been silent on the Amaravati farmers agitation and now his comments in the wake of the distribution of the house sites are being seen as a move to draw the attention of the Opposition TDP.

Patri Vasudevan

Patri Vasudevan, is a senior journalist, worked with both visual and print media. He has 22 years’ experience in journalism. He has expertise in war zone reporting. Covered LTTE stories in Sri Lanka, and Nandigram & Lalgarh are best assignments, during his stint with TV9 and Sakshi TV at New Delhi. Vasudevan also served Deccan Chronicle, and filed good number of political investigative stories. As an RTI activist, Vasudevan could able to elicit frauds in the banking sector, and wrote number of interesting stories on as to how parking funds are misused.

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