Andhra Pradesh

Put to rest speculation over Capital: Ganta

TDP MLA Ganta Srinivasa Rao addressing the media in Vizianagaram on Sunday.

TDP MLA Ganta Srinivasa Rao addressing the media in Vizianagaram on Sunday.  

‘The CM had endorsed the government’s stand when in the Opposition’

Former Minister and TDP MLA representing Visakhapatnam North Ganta Srinivasa Rao on Sunday asked Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to bring down the curtain on the confusion created on Capital Amaravati when the Cabinet meets on September 4.

Addressing the media here, Mr. Srinivasa Rao said the controversial statements of Minister for Municipal Administration Botcha Satyanarayana led to the speculation that the government was mulling over the shifting of the Capital from Amaravati.

Later, BJP leaders such as Kanna Lakshminarayana and T.G. Venkatesh, Congress leader Chinta Mohan, and several Ministers started airing their views, causing further confusion.

“Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy had agreed to the construction of the Capital in the Amaravati region and sought 30,000 acres of land during a debate in the Assembly on September 4, 2019. It is, therefore, pertinent that the Chief Minister put to rest the controversy over the issue,” Mr. Srinivasa Rao said.

The TDP MLA, who is also in-charge of the party’s affairs in Vizianagaram, said Visakhapatnam should be made the financial capital of the State.

‘Make Vizag financial capital’

“We have not objection if Vizag is made the financial capital of the State. It is the need of the hour too. It can attract huge investments,” Mr. Srinivasa Rao said.

On the prospects of the party gaining its lost glory in the district, he said, “I hope the TDP will bounce back in the north Andhra region and other districts as well very soon. The party was defeated in 1989 and 2004, but it could storm to power with the support of the people.”

Referring to the speculation that he would be quitting the TDP, Mr. Srinivasa Rao said, “I have no such intention. I will not join any party. The social media is responsible for all the confusion.”

Earlier, he participated in the retirement function of Additional Superintendent of Police M. Narasimha Rao.

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