Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu’s emotional kneel in Amaravati and a vow to rebuild “people’s pride”

Naidu, who visited several parts of the area where his dream project Amaravati was supposed to come up, could not control his emotions when he arrived in Uddandarayanipalem by bus with officials in tow.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jun 20, 2024 | 6:49 PM Updated Jun 20, 2024 | 8:44 PM

Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu’s emotional kneel in Amaravati and a vow to rebuild “people’s pride”

As a riptide of emotions apparently tore though, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu kneeled before the place where Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Amaravati at Uddandarayanipalem village on the bank of Krishna river in erstwhile Guntur district on Thursday, 20 June.

Naidu, who visited several parts of the area where his dream project Amaravati was supposed to come up, could not control his emotions when he arrived in Uddandarayanipalem by bus with officials in tow.

After walking inside the enclosure, he looked at the huge mound of earth brought from several locations in Andhra Pradesh and outside. He immediately kneeled before the mound and touched it with his head in display of his respect for the earth.

Naidu apparently was moved when he saw the model of Amaravati that was placed there being in tatters. He found in a mess the yagnasala where he performed yagnam a day before the laying of the foundation stone by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Vijaya Dashmi day on 22 October, 2015.

“I want to rebuild Amravati. It is for the people. It is their pride. They do not have to go to Hyderabad, or Chennai or Bangalore for any work. They could proudly say they have the great capital Amaravati,” Naidu said, speaking to media persons after the completion of his tour.

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Naidu’s visit to Amaravati 

Naidu, in his maiden visit to Amaravati after becoming the chief minister for the fourth time, first watched the remains of Praja vedika which YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had demolished after he became the chief minister in 2019.

Taking the help of his security men, Naidu climbed to the top of the debris and looked around where there used to be a modern meeting hall, Praja vedika.

“Normally any chief minister will begin his rule by doing something good. But he (Jagan Mohan Reddy) began his stint with the demolition of Praja Vedika,” Naidu said and pointed out that he would consider leaving the debris intact to serve as a showpiece testimony to the destructive nature of the previous YSRCP government.

Later the chief minister drove through the seed access road, the proposed main road that leads to Amravati from Kolkata – Chennai National Highway.

He was shocked to see that the road has been left to its fate and that he was told that the YSRCP activists had stolen even the construction material including the crushed stone meant for laying the road.

“I will not leave anyone who does harm to the people’s project. I will initiate stern action against them and if any one resorts to hooliganism, I will deal with them with an iron hand,” he said.

The chief minister also went around the incomplete buildings meant for the ministers, IASs officers and gazetted officers and was aghast to see the cobwebs that were hanging from the ceiling and tall bushes and shrubs all over.

In fact, Naidu found that the entire Amaravati area was full of bushes and asked the officials to give a contract for their removal so that he could get a clear picture of the present status of Amaravati area.

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Blame on YSRCP government

Naidu dwelt at length on the destruction wrought by the earlier government and sought suggestions from the media persons as well people from all walks of life not only as to what should be done regarding the Amaravati and Polavaram projects, but also to put the entire state back on track.

He said he was at a loss as to where to begin reconstruction.

“The coffers of the state government have hit the rock bottom. The YSRC government has borrowed heavily and some of the debts they raised were off budget which means their details would not be shown in the budget” Naidu said.

“The earlier government had raised loans showing as guarantee even the future revenue on sale of liquor in the state,” he said.

The chief minister said that he accorded priority to Polavaram as it would render entire state fertile. If Polavaram is in place, a major part of Krishna waters could be used for Rayalaseema to irrigate the parched lands there, he said.

But the project is in a mess now on account of the destructive mentality of the previous government, he said, adding, “There was a concerted effort to damage brand Amaravati.”

The chief minister, to a question, said that he was yet to think about what to do with the palatial buildings that Jagan Mohan Reddy had constructed on Rishikonda hillock in Visakhapatnam.

He found fault with his predecessor for damaging Rishikonda which was special for Visakhapatnam and which used to be like a beacon for seafarers. He said he would get around to what he should do with the palatial buildings constructed at a cost of ₹500 crore.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj)

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