Reiterating that the state government is committed to developing all regions equally through decentralization, YSRCP leaders criticized opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu for trying to bluff people by the through farmer protest, which is a ploy to protect Amaravati’s real estate business.
Speaking to media in different places, they said that the agitation of Amaravati farmers is being carried out by TDP estate agents to protect their ill-gotten properties by demanding Amaravati as their sole capital. The leaders of the TDP have no moral right to speak out on the issue of capital because they demanded to create wealth for a few and in one region while depriving others of any benefit.
Panchayat Minister Raj Peddireddy Ramachandrareddy said Chandrababu Naidu tried to repeat the same mistake made in Hyderabad by focusing development only in Amaravati. He said Chandrababu Naidu resorted to real estate deals on behalf of the capital and set up a political drama, as land prices fell.
Digging into Chandrababu’s statement that he would protect Amaravati, the minister questioned Naidu whose interests he wanted to protect and at what cost. He said that Chandrababu tried to make a profit of 2,000,000 crore rupees from real estate using the farmers. He said people would not fall for the trap, as they still support the decentralized development policy of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
In addition, Minister Ramachandrareddy said the government should make a specific law and table it in the legislature for the overall development of the three regions. Citing the support of the BJP, Congress and other parties for the TDP-led political movement is unethical, he said all leaders who stood with Chandrababu had no moral rights to speak.
Meanwhile, MPP Gudivada Amarnath said all the farmer agitation was staged by TDP leaders, adding no value rather than just a publicity stunt. He pointed out that the TDP projects the agitation of Amaravati farmers as a global problem even though people everywhere knew it was a real estate issue. The MP said the government was not against the Amaravati region, but wanted to offer equal opportunities through decentralized development and added that a better package is offered to Amaravati farmers, which is even better than that of the previous government.
He criticized Chandrababu Naidu for falsely propagating that residents of northern Andra and Rayalaseema hold rallies in favor of Amaravati as the sole capital. He also objected to the CPI extending its support to the TDP in the Amaravati case. He mentioned that the government is determined to develop the state on all fronts through decentralization despite the obstacles that arise.
He said that Visakhapatnam has the potential to be the capital and that the decentralized administration will lead to equitable development of all regions and help the backward areas in northern Andhra. He said Chandrababu hampered the development of the northern Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to safeguard his real estate business in Amaravati.