Jagan govt demolishes Rs 8-cr Amaravati building built by Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. (Photo: IANS)

A spacious conference hall, Praja Vedike’ built at the cost of over Rs 8 crore by TDP leader and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was razed to the ground following a statement government order.

Naidu hit out at Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy saying that it was an example of political vendetta. He said it was foolish to destroy a government property.

The Chief Minister had ordered the demolition of the building last week, calling it “illegal”, just days after a request from his predecessor, Naidu, to allow him to use it as an office.

”Praja Vedika” was built next to the residence of Mr Naidu when he was chief minister. The demolition work began last evening. Chandrababu Naidu, who was on holiday in Europe, returned yesterday.

“Many statues don’t have permission (and) stand on unauthorised land,” Naidu said, asking if Jagan Reddy was planning to pull down statues of his father and former chief minster YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

The demolition took place after the Andhra High Court turned down a late night plea and adjourned the hearing by two weeks. The petition had alleged the demolition was a waste of public money.