The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Jagan Mohan Reddy, ordered the demolition of a upscale building with glass walls used by former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu as a venue to meet the public, hold press conferences and conduct administrative work.
The demolition work began late evening on Tuesday, after the Andhra High Court turned down a plea to issue stay orders and adjourned the hearing by two weeks. The petition had alleged the demolition was a waste of public money.
The building, called ‘Praja Vedika’, is located near Mr. Naidu’s residence and was constructed by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government in 2017. The project had been planned for INR₹ 5 crore but costs escalated to INR₹ 8 crore. Mr. Reddy’s government has also alleged that the former chief minister’s residence too was built illegally.
Last weekend, Mr. Reddy held his first meeting with district collectors since becoming Chief Minister and announced the demolition of ‘Praja Vedika’ during the meet.
The TDP chief had earlier written to the new Chief Minister to allow him to retain the hall so he could work from there as the Leader of Opposition in the state assembly.
“I wish to continue the same arrangement, that the ‘Praja Vedika’ be declared as the residence annexe of the leader of the opposition, to facilitate me to meet legislators, visitors, common public and discharge my duties,” Naidu wrote to the new chief minister.
Mr. Naidu’s TDP was voted out in Assembly polls in April after Reddy’s YSR Congress claiming a massive mandate.
Source : Various