Chandrababu Naidu accuses Andhra Pradesh govt of conspiring to shift capital from Amaravati by projecting it as flood-prone area
The opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has accused the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh of hatching a conspiracy to shift the state capital from Amaravati by projecting it as a flood-prone area, a charge denied by the ruling YSRC.
Fresh political acrimony broke out with TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu seeking an explanation from the government and the Congress seconding it as opaque statements of YSRC
leaders triggered doubts over the government's intentions on the development of the capital city.
YSRC spokesman and MLA Ambati Rambabu, however, denied any move to relocate the capital.
"We never spoke about shifting the capital. Even in our (election) manifesto, we neither opposed nor approved Amaravati," Rambabu told a press conference on Wednesday.
It all started with state Municipal Administration Minister Botsa Satyanarayana on Tuesday saying in Visakhapatnam that Amaravati was prone to flooding and lot of canals and bunds have to be built to protect it from submergence.
"The construction costs are also double the normal in Amaravati because of the nature of the land. All these will only put an extra burden on the state and the people," he had said.
Botsa also cited the report of the Centre-appointed expert committee of (late) Sivarama Krishnan that had said Amaravati region was not suitable for the capital.
The minister added the issue was being discussed thoroughly in the government and an announcement on the capital would be made soon.