Andhra Pradesh

‘Will take a call on Amaravati only after unearthing scams’

Botcha Satyanarayana

Botcha Satyanarayana  

Botsa, TDP members cross swords in the Council

Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Botsa Satyanarayana on Tuesday said the government will probe the ‘scandals’ related to construction of Amaravati city.

He was responding to TDP MLCs G. Sandhya Rani and G. Srinivasulu Naidu who said there was no mention of ‘Amaravati’ in the Governor’s address and sought to know the government’s stand on the issue.

The members were participating in a discussion on the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address, in the Legislative Council.

‘Make stand clear’

TDP member Sandhya Rani said the Jagan Mohan Reddy government had not made its stand clear on the issue yet.

“The government should make its stand clear on construction of the capital city of Amaravati,” she demanded.

Responding to it, the Minister said: “Let’s talk about the several scams associated with Amaravati. The government will first get to the bottom of these allegations and then talk about construction plans,” he said.

TDP charge

Listing the ‘achievements’ of the TDP government, she said the State had won 670 national and international awards and 70 % of the Polavaram project had been completed. She accused the Jagan government of ‘diluting’ the Pasupu Kumkuma scheme launched by the TDP.

Old-age pension

Mr. Srinivasulu said Amaravati was a brand nurtured and promoted by the former Chief Minister. He said the TDP president had successfully enticed multi-national companies like Kia Motors to set up shop in the State. But reports now suggested that a few big companies which had agreed to come to A.P. were now opting for other States. He also accused the government of misleading the people of the State with ‘distorted’ data on the State economy. Mr. Botsa intervened when Ms. Sandhya Rani alleged that the Chief Minister had gone back on his promise to increase the old age pension from the existing ₹2,000 to ₹ 3,000.

He argued that his party president had never said that he would increase it in one go. He had always maintained that it would be done in a phased manner.

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