Amaravati row: AP Minister sharpens attack against Naidu

Our Bureau Visakhapatnam | Updated on September 26, 2019

State Urban Development Minister B Satyanarayana   -  The Hindu

Also accuses former TDP leader of insider-trading

As the controversy rages over the possible shifting of the capital of Andhra Pradesh from Amaravati in Guntur district, State Urban Development Minister B Satyanarayana at a media conference at Amaravati on Tuesday levelled serious charges against former Chief Minister and TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu and Sujana Chowdhary, Rajya Sabha member who was earlier in the TDP and is now in the BJP.

Satyanarayana repeated the allegations he had made earlier that TDP leaders in Amaravati area indulged in large-scale insider trading to enrich themselves and their benamis (proxies).

Meanwhile the Chief Minister, YS Jaganmohan Reddy has directed that a GO be issued towards payment of annual lease of ₹187 crore to the farmers who had surrendered their lands for the capital. The CM is slated to review the capital developments on Thursday.

Citing examples, Satyanarayana claimed roughly 124 acres of land belonged to a company linked to Sujana Chowdhary (about 110 acres) and also to his brother’s daughter (14 acres) in the capital area. “Now the honourable Rajya Sabha member, Sujana Chowdhary brazens it out and says he does not have a cent in the capital area. He and his kith and kin got these lands when he was in the TDP,” he alleged. He added: “Former CM, Chandrababu Naidu is also in it. Roughly, 500 acres of land was given away by the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) for a song, ₹1 lakh per acre, for industrial purposes to an industry belonging to a person remotely related to the former CM. Later, it was brought into the limits of capital area. By employing such dubious methods, the TDP leaders enriched themselves and their kith and kin, and also their proxies.”

He asserted that “the capital does not belong to one person, one social group, or one area. It rightfully belongs to five crore Andhras and then only can it be called a people’s capital. We want such a capital. But the TDP leaders have launched a vicious vilification campaign against us. Strangely, the BJP leaders who in the past alleged large-scale corruption have now changed their stand.”

Published on August 26, 2019

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