Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered the demolition of ‘Praja Vedika’ building. The demolition will begin on Tuesday. ‘Praja Vedika’ was constructed next to the residence of N Chandrababu Naidu by the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government. It was being used for both the government and party activities.
The ‘Praja Vedika’ (people’s grievance cell) was built by the government through Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), as an extension to the then chief minister’s residence. Built at a cost of Rs 8 crore.
“If a common man constructs a building without permission, it will be demolished by the officers. Our government respect law and follow all the rules,” said Jagan Mohan Reddy at Collectors’ conference.
The YSR Congress Party government recently took possession of the conference hall, even as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) termed it “vendetta politics”.
The opposition alleged that the government showed no courtesy to the former chief minister as his belongings were thrown out of the building in Undavalli .
Naidu has been staying in the house at Undavalli on the banks of Krishna river since 2016 when Andhra Pradesh shifted its administration to Amaravati from Hyderabad, which became the capital of Telangana.
After the TDP’s defeat in the recently concluded assembly elections, Chandrababu Naidu had written to the new Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on June 5, urging him to allocate the building to him in the capacity of Leader of Opposition.
Naidu’s TDP suffered a severe drubbing at the hands of Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which got the absolute majority in 175-member Assembly by winning 151 seats.