Amaravati, a most-favoured for some, most-hated for many

By Suresh Dec. 18, 2019, 09:20 pm IST
Amaravati, a most-favoured for some, most-hated for many

Chandrababu Naidu had zeroed in on Thulluru, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri mandals for the new capital initially, after the bifurcation in 2014.

When he was forced to leave the common capital – Hyderabad – nine years ahead, for his own political mistakes, Chandrababu Naidu landed in Vijayawada and then due to pressure from his son, Lokesh, he zeroed in on these 29 villages for the capital. He felt, or rather made to feel by his son, the beauty of a new capital city located on the banks of the river.

He named this dream capital city as Amaravati on the advice of media baron Ramoji Rao, anticipating that Buddhist nations would fund the new capital.

Naidu favoured this city. He made his party men like it. Thus the entire caste that supports, votes, funds and leads the party owned this unbuilt capital called Amaravati.

Naidu emerged unquestionable. Never allowed any one to question him. TDP leaders emerged undisputable. Never allowed any dispute to stop them. The caste emerged unchallenged. Never allowed anyone to challenge them or oppose them. They made their own rules and they broke them on their own for their own interests.

Most people did not like this undemocratic leadership, dictatorial party and overshadowing caste. They all voted against them and thus Jaganmohan Reddy came to power.

Now, as a leader elected by the people against the ills shown in Amaravati in the last four years, Jaganmohan Reddy had to take a call on this most hated place. He did it diluting Amaravati and reducing it to just a political capital, a big blow to the TDP .

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