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Andhra Pradesh CM announces Vijayawada as State's new capital
Vijayawada has been announced as the new capital of Andhra Pradesh by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu earlier today. The announcement was made by CM Naidu in the state Legislative Assembly. He clears that the decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting on 1st September. Though, the decision was to be announced earlier this week only, but was delayed due to astrological reasons.
The opposition parties are not happy with the decision and are demanding a discussion over this issue. The opposition claims that Vijayawada is dominated by the powerful and affluent Kamma community, an important support base for Naidu, and the CM chose Vijaywada to suit his personal interest.

In anticipation, the land prices had already soared in the stretch between Guntur and Vijayawada towns. As Naidu has already made it clear that he will create a new capital and model it on the lines of Singapore.

However, the Sivaramakrishnan committee constituted by the UPA government had said that designating the region as the capital would bring up economic and environmental problems as well.

In June, Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to create India's youngest state, Telangana. For 10 years, Andhra Pradesh has been given the right to share the prosperous IT hub of Hyderabad as its capital with Telangana. But after that, the city, developed as a Silicon Valley of sorts by Mr Naidu around a decade ago when he was last in power, will belong to Telangana.

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