Former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party supremo Chandrababu Naidu’s Krishna river-bed residence is now in the thick of controversy. Local MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy is exposing some facts relating to the building while reiterating the government’s commitment to demolish all the illegal structures on the banks of the river.
Ramakrishna Reddy said that Chandrababu Naidu as chief minister, had issued demolition notices to the building and others along the river in February 2015. The government had declared all these buildings as illegal and would demolish them to save the river. The government also cited the provisions of the River Conservation Act and justified its decision. However, in a few months after that, Chandrababu Naidu finally landed in this building, which belonged to industrialist Lingamaneni Ramesh.
In 2016, when Chandrababu Naidu launched the land pooling for the new capital, he declared that his house was also given to the government under land pooling. He repeated this statement on the floor of the Assembly on March 6, 2016, where he said that the house is now owned by the APCRDA and thus his residence is a government building. He also justified the government spending huge amount of money on renovation of the building, provision of furniture and formation of connecting road and helipad. But, after the TDP’s defeat in the general elections, Naidu had written to the new government stating that he is living in a rented house and wishes to continue in the same house.
Mangalagiri MLA Alla Ramakrishna Reddy is now exposing these statements and that of the original owner of the property. He said he would come out with the evidence to prove the ownership of the building. However, he asked Chandrababu Naidu to vacate the house before exposed on his double statements. Interestingly, the building owner Lingamaneni Ramesh is learned to have replied to the APCRDA on the demolition notice claiming that he had all permissions for the building. Mangalagiri MLA dared the building owner to prove his claims.
With the building owner on one side, Chandrababu Naidu on the other side fighting against the government, the issue is taking new twists and turns every passing day and people too are debating on this across the State. It is to be seen what the government would do to end this row.