The government took over the Praja Vedika, a conference hall constructed by the government adjacent to former chief minister and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu, and is planning to hold the Collectors’ Conference on June 24. The decision is seen as hasty and revenge too as Chandrababu Naidu had already written to the Chief Minister to allocate this building to him as Leader of Opposition. The government did not reply to the TDP chief on his request. He is also not in the place to respond when the government takes over the structure.
Mangalagiri MLA, who is likely to be made chairman of the AP Capital Region Development Authority, had announced that Chandrbabu Naidu is in the unauthorised building and has to be vacated. If the buildings on the banks of the river are illegal and Praja Vedika forms part of such illegal buildings, then, it is wrong on the part of the government to plan Collector’s conference in the illegal building.
But, the decision to take over the building is seen as a witch-hunt by Jaganmohan Reddy’s government. It looks as if the chief minister is taking revenge on the leader of the opposition. It is a fact that Chandrababu Naidu, as chief minister, did not allocate a building for leader of opposition Jaganmohan Reddy in the last five years. If Jaganmohan Reddy also wants to give same treatment to Chandrababu Naidu now, it is a political decision and the YSR Congress chief is not justified in his claims of being a different administrator.
The officials, who failed to get prime posts in Chandrababu Naidu government are now guiding Jaganmohan Reddy. It is perhaps these officials who must have prompted the chief minister to take over the Praja Vedika. This takeover of the building at a time when Chandrababu Naidu was not there is all set to ignite new controversy. The TDP had already decided to take this witch-hunt to the people and that is not going to be good for Jaganmohan Reddy, as he promises different administration.