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Amaravati ceremony disappointing: JP


Lok Satta Party founder  president Jaya Prakash Narayan expressed dissatisfaction on the way the foundation stone laying ceremony was conducted at Amaravati, today, in which Prime Minister Modi was the chief guest.

AP’s capital Amaravati’s foundation ceremony concluded on disappointing note, he tweeted minutes after the spectacular program concluded . “Except platitudes, nothing of substance has been announced,” he said. Jaya Prakash, who is fundamentally opposed to the concept of a capital where everything is concentrated, has been campaigning for decentralized approach to avoid the rebirth of  “Hyderabad”.

His tweets are :

“The key to youth’s future & state’s progress is tax incentives for investment & job creation. State didn’t ask, & PM didn’t offer them.”

“100% Corporate income tax & excise duty exemption for 10 years to all AP, or in the backward districts is crucial to investment & jobs.”

“It is all event management & platitudes devoid of substance & sense of future. The dream is to build a capital, not all round growth.”

“New York, LA, Chicago are not capital. The capital should merely be seat of govt; people should have very little to do with capital city.”

“We don’t need feudal culture of worshiping power & treating rulers as gods. We need governance & economy centered round people’s lives.”




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We will return your lands : Jagan assures farmers


Opposition leader in AP assembly and YSRCP supremo YS Jaganmohan Reddy staged a dharna in front of office of Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in Vijayawada protesting acquisition of land from the farmer against their will.

All the lands acquired forcibly by the government would be returned once the YSRC come to power, Jagan declared. Jagan said that no force on earth could stop him from becoming chief minister, if god was willing. Chandrababu Naidu’s government last week initiated the process of land acquition in the uniquely fertile villages on the banks of River Krishna for the purpose of building a world class capital Amaravati.

“The government has acquired whopping 33,000 acres in the name of construction of a capital. And another 30,000 acres of government land also available for the purpose. Still the TDP is going for grab 3,000 acres of land that farmers are not willing to surrender,” Jagan said.

Jagan, who has been leading series of dharnas against TDP government, today accused that the the only objective of chief minister Naidu was to grab the fertile lands with coercion to transfer them to do real estate business. Dismissing the argument of Naidu that there were no multi-crop lands in the areas, the extent of wetlands was just 2,000 acres , he said chief minister was propagating blatant lies.” It is unfortunate the government is misleading the courts also. Then where do people get justice from,” he said.

He brought to the notice of the public there the submission of the government before the green tribunal that there was no significant fertile and multi-crop land in the capital region. The opposition leader accused Chandrababu of being a great land grabber.

He warned Naidu to fight with BJP and bring it to its knees on the issue of special status or people would do that you.

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Makeshift secretariat coming up near Amaravati


As Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is firm on relocating the administration from Hyderabad to new capital region of Andhra Pradesh before January 1, 2016, the State government began construction of sheds and makeshift structures to house temporary ‘seat of power’.

Last year, it was decided to construct a makeshift administrative township near Amaravati colony near Mangalagiri and expression of interest was also invited from the companies. But, unwilling employees put paid to the plan and governmet shelved it. Now, the State government once again started acquiring lands in the capital region for the construction of ad hoc administrative township.

State government on Tuesday asked Arihant Indo African Infra Developers and Builders Pvt Ltd to surrender its 22.72 acres of land in the Nowluru Village, Mangalagiri mandal, of Guntur district for construction makeshift secretariat. The government issued a GO in this regard.

The government also began the preparation of the list employees, who are ready to relocate to the new capital at short notice. Chief Secretary IYR Krishna Rao on Tuesday distributed a pro forma to the HoDs seeking the details of the staff, willing to move to the new capital. Each employee has to give information about their present post, department, how many children they have, class they are studying and whether they are Hyderabad in the pro forma.

Based on this information, government wants to take up local issue with the centre for a possible amendment to the presidential order that government the zonal system in two Telugu states.

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Amaravati to become Istanbul of East


Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu instructed officials to prepare plans for the development of proposed new capital on the banks of river Krishna as an important tourist destination in the world like Istanbul. Last week he was in ancient city and studied the Turkish city’s dramatic growth in tourism which surpassed many world leaders such as New York, Singapore, Dubai etc.

Upon arrival from Istanbul, Naidu convened a meeting of the advisory committee that is looking after  the construction of Amaravathi. The Chief Minister seems to have greatly impressed by the phenomenal growth of tourism there. Naidu, who wants to build a capital for Andhra Pradesh that would be globally attractive for tourists and investors equally. In the meeting  Naidu said he wants river front Amaravati to resemble Istanbul, which is separated by Bosphorus strait in to Asian and European parts.

“Recalling his recent visit to Istanbul, the Chief Minister lauded the Turkey government’s efforts in utilizing advanced technology to develop the city as a modern one in just seven years. He added that Istanbul, with a population of 2 crore, is emerging as the fastest growing city in the world,” Chief Minister’s Office said in a press note.

Naidu is modelling the city borrowing several features from various modern cities like Tokyo, and Singapore in East. Now, he is looking westward. He seems to have found that Istanbul’s tourism is best in the world. Just see at the growth of the Istanbul which is faster than Paris. In terms of international tourists,Istanbul has outpaced New York and Singapore to become fifth most visited city in the world. The city’s projected visitor in 2015 are 12.56 million.

Growth-wise, the city reported strongest growth at 11.4 percent, catapulting from its seventh position previous year to fifth by international overnight visitors. Both Bangkok and Dubai are trailing at 8 per cent, of course second after Istanbul. Istanbul, where one could see both ancient and modern cultures eo-exist, was built by Greeks as Byzantium in 700 BC. A key hub on Silk Road then, Istanbul benefited from its geographical location also. This is exactly how Andhra Pradesh chief minister wants to re-position Amaravati in world trade map.

Naidu’s objective is to make Andhra Pradesh with its 900 km-long coastline, the global hub in sea and air routes and also make it a meeting point of East and West technological development.

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Naidu Looks Like a Burglar Caught in the Hole


[dropcap]D[/dropcap]oes chief minister Chandrababu Naidu look like a burglar who got caught while in hole he made in the wall. “Yes, he does”, says BV Raghavulu, politburo member of CPM.The veteran CPM leader said Naidu should first clarify to the people if the voice  recorded in the audio was his or not.

“He looks like a thief who was caught in the hole he himself made in the wall to burgle a house”, he said.

Speaking to telugu360.com from Tirupati, where he was attending a seminar on the ‘corporatization of politics’, Raghuvulu wondered how Naidu evades a straight question about his role in the attempt to buy an MLA’s vote in Telangana. “His voice is there for verification. His representatives were caught red-handed while offering money to nominated MLA Elvis.  Instead of denying the episode in clear terms, Naiduy is  talking everything other than replying the main question,” Raghavulu said.

Raghavulu was critical of Naidu’s attempt to distract people’s attention from the cash-for-vote scam with a counter charge of Telephone tapping against the Telangana government.

“If he is so sure of his telephone having been tapped, and he has enough proof, why didn’t his government file a case in the court? He should at least  come before the media with proof. It is again a ploy to divert people’s attention and an attempt to cover up his tarnished face,” he said. Dubbing the upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh as the corporate capital, the former CPM state secretary said Amaravathi would become another Hyderabad with all development getting concentrated in the city.  This may lead to unrest in the long run in  other regions, he added.

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Raghavulu was equally critical of TRS chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. According to the CPM veteran, Rao was trying to get cheap mileage out of the case to gloss over his failures in Telangana state.

“Bifurcation has brought about many problems. Water sharing is a problem. Division assets of RTC and power sector has been pending.  Instead of concentrating on these issues, both chief ministers are indulging political one-upmanship. They will soon face the wrath of the people,” he warned.

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