Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy met Home Minister Amit Shah and Water Resources Minister `Gajendra Singh Shekawat during his brief stay in the national capital on Monday. The chief minister is understood to have explained his initiatives on the key issues like Polavaram and Amaravati. While Shekawat is under the influence of the opposition and is opposed to the retendering, Shah is said to have expressed concern over confusing talks on Amaravati, the capital city.
Shekawat had written a letter to the Polavaram Project Authority asking for a report on Jaganmohan Reddy government’s retender plans. He also expressed his displeasure over the retender during one of his interactions with the media in Delhi. It gave an impression that the Union Minister is against retender on the ground that it would escalate the project cost and cause delay in the work. As per the initial reports, the Union Minister was not in favour of the retender works, which was also struck down by the AP High Court. In this backdrop, the chief minister is learned to have explained in detail the retender issue and convinced the minister on the issue. The chief minister is expected to start the process afresh making some corrections in the process so as to stand the scrutiny of the High Court in future.
The chief minister had also explained his plans on Amaravati to Home Minister Amit Shah. It is believed that Jaganmohan Reddy had told Shah that several of the top TDP leaders have indulged in insider trading on capital and have purchased lands at throw away price much before the capital was officially announced. He said he had information on the land deals of the TDP leaders in and around the capital. The land deals of the TDP leaders indicate that they have prior information on the capital location and its boundaries, the chief minister had reportedly told the Home Minister and convinced him on his plans of investigation into these deals and also the corruption involved in the engineering works and land allotment.
Now that Jaganmohan Reddy had cleared the air, particularly with these two Union Ministers, it is to be seen how he would be handling them by making his next moves when he returns to the State from the national capital.