Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP,) on the 24th of June, ordered the demolition of Praja Vedika, constructed by Chandrababu Naidu, the former Chief Minister of AP.
Chandrababu Naidu, the President of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP,) constructed the Praja Vedika building in 2015 for conducting official meetings of the TDP.
After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh in 2014, the Praja Vedika was used by the TDP Government to hold review meetings.
The Praja Vedika building was built on the Krishna riverbed, Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh. The construction of the Praja Vedika cost Rs. 8 to 10 crores.
According to sources, Chandrababu Naidu, after losing the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, wrote a letter to Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, requesting him to give the Praja Vedika to the TDP.
However, Jagan Mohan refused the plea and ordered the demolition of the building, stating, “It’s very unfortunate that we are conducting our first meeting here which is illegally built flouting all rules and norms.” He also added, “We will be demolishing this building from the day after tomorrow.”
The TDP leaders criticised the action of Jagan and said he is using his power against the TDP President Naidu and the TDP leaders in the State.
Buddha Venkanna, a Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) of the TDP, said, “It is clear that the Chief Minister pursuing vindictive politics here. Why should he demolish a building just because it was built by the TDP Government. Instead, if he doesn’t want to use it, he can convert into some facility which will be useful for the general public.”
The demolition of the Praja Vedika even after Naidu’s plea is said to be a step by the YSRCP Government to establish a corruption free and transparent Government in the State.
The demolition will begin on the 26th of June, after the two day Collector’s Conference concludes.
The two day Collector’s Conference started from the 24th of June and will continue till the 25th of June.
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