Amaravati: Telugu Desam Party president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s tour of Andhra Pradesh’s capital city, Amaravati, on Thursday was marred by protests from farmers and also resulted in a fresh round of slugfest between the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and the main opposition party. Naidu asked the government if it had the guts to relocate the state capital from Amaravati while state Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath hit back saying they would soon expose the “brazen corruption” of the previous dispensation in the capital construction. Rajendranath lashed out at Naidu saying the latter was only interested in real-estate development than building the state capital city. Naidu, who is the leader of opposition in the Assembly, conducted a day-long tour of Amaravati to “exert pressure” on the government to undertake the capital development works but was greeted with protests by farmers, allegedly YSRCP supporters, who blamed the former for betraying them in the name of capital city development. The former chief minister prostrated on the land at Uddandarayunipalem, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid foundation stone for Amaravati in October 2015, and offered a prayer. The farmers, on the other hand, accused the former chief… Read full this story
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