Minister Rambabu dares Naidu to participate in Polavaram flaws discussion

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VIJAYAWADA: Water Resources Minister Ambati Rambabu has dared opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu to end his boycott and attend the monsoon session of the assembly to discuss important issues including the Polavaram project.

“Irreparable damage has been done to the Polavaram project due to the faults of the previous TD government led by Naidu, but he is avoiding a discussion in the assembly. As Naidu continues to boycott the assembly, TD MPs are attending the sessions,” the minister said.

Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, Rambabu said the damage to the diaphragm wall was caused by Chandrababu Naidu’s historic mistakes when he was CM. Refuting Naidu’s claims that the YSRC government was responsible for the damage to the diaphragm wall, the minister challenged Naidu to participate in a discussion about it at the assembly.

He said the Naidu government claimed it would complete the project by 2018 but dragged out the work. “He made a historic mistake by constructing a diaphragm wall without completing the cofferdams and causing a loss of around Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 crore.”

The minister said that the present Amaravati at Arasavalli Padyatra is not a march for the people. “It’s a march to create differences between regions. This is a real estate people walk. Naidu resorted to a big land scam while laying the foundation for the Amaravati capital project, which turned out to be a big scandal.

He recalled that retired chief secretary and BJP leader IYR Krishna Rao wrote the book “Who Owns Amaravati?”, and the book was launched by Jana Sena founder Pawan Kalyan. “The leaders of CPI, CPM, Congress, etc. have always advocated decentralization of development, but now they are taking part in the Amaravati Walkathon and beating the drums of the TD.”

Rambabu wondered if there was even a single farmer in the Amaravati Padayatra. He alleged that former minister P Narayana and his associates grabbed all the land allocated to the poor at a cheap price, then changed the laws, gave that land to the government and got prime plots in return.

Amaravati’s capital status went nowhere. It will remain as one of the three capitals. Decentralization is the goal of the Jagan government under which Amaravati will continue to be the legislative capital and the rest of the regions will also develop to avoid conflict between the three regions in the future, he said.

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