The World Bank’s financial assistance – loan – has become a bone of contention between the ruling YSR Congress and the opposition Telugu Desam Party in the State Assembly. The two parties have traded charges against each other and nailed each other in the blame game over security loan from the World Bank for Amaravati, the capital city, project.
The YSR Congress blamed the previous TDP government in the State for the World Bank opting out of the Amaravati project, though the Central government’s decision linked to it. The YSR Congress said that the TDP had violated every law in the country and had denied the rights of the people in planning the capital city, taking lands for the capital and providing rehabilitation or showing alternative living for thousands of people who have been eking out their living on those lands. The YSR Congress also accused the TDP government of irregularities and corruption in the work tenders for the capital city, which the World Bank team had personally visited, inspected and reported.
However, the YSR Congress, including finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy, who gave a statement in the Assembly on the issue and chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who spoke on it, claimed that the World Bank is ready to fund some other schemes in the State and is not ready to part with the State with which it has long association.
TDP supremo and opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu took the credit of the World Bank’s presence in the State and blamed the YSR Congress for neglecting the Amaravati capital project. He alleged that the YSR Congress had complained to the World Bank, had gone to the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court to stop the capital project. He also recalled that the YSR Congress had tried to create law and order problem in the capital by setting fire to the crops and thus terrorise the people. However, he claimed that the TDP government had done everything for the success of the project and it was for Jaganmohan Reddy whether to continue it or destroy it.