Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy created a stir on Monday when he ordered the demolition of “Praja Vedika” building adjacent to the residence of former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Amravati calling it an “illegal construction”.
Addressing the first district collectors’ conference since he came to power last month Jaganmohan Reddy said that he had decided to hold the conference in the same building to expose the corruption of Naidu government.
“By holding this conference here I wanted to convey to the anarchic and corrupt administration prevailing during the Chandrababu Naidu regime,” he told the conference.
He said that the drive to demolish the illegal constructions taken up during Naidu regime will start from Wednesday and Praja Vedika will be the first structure to be demolished.
“If a Chief Minister resorts to such illegal activity (construction of illegal building), could the lower level officials be clean?” Jagan asked. He cautioned the officials that illegal construction of buildings was still continuing and there was a need to check the activity.
Praja Vedika, which was used during Naidu’s rule for holding official as well as the Telugu Desam Party meetings had become a bone of contention of change of government. While Naidu as the leader of the opposition had sought the allotment of the building to him to continue to use as an office, Jagan administration rejected it and threw out Naidu’s belonging last week when he was away on a foreign tour.
Officials now allege that during Naidu regime the TDP leaders were misusing the Praja Vedika building after constructing it illegally.