Chandrabnabu Naidu laid the foundation stone of the new capital city
Narendra Ch | 07 Jun 2015
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu today laid the foundation stone of the new capital city, Amaravathi, near Tullur in Guntur district. The ceremony for the new capital began around 3 am.
The Chief Minister performed 'Bhoomi Puja' and laid the foundation stone at 8.49 am amidst Vedic chants at Mandadam village on the city outskirts near Krishna river bund, along with his wife Bhuvaneswari.
Addressing a public meeting at the venue, Naidu thanked the farmers who came forward in giving their lands for building a new capital city. He said, it was a great opportunity to five crore Telugu speaking people in Andhra Pradesh that they got the chance to build their own capital. He said that the land puja would be written in gold letters in world history, as Amaravati would emerge the top modern capital of the world.
The Chief Minister said, to bring development in all regions of the State, Amaravathi has been chosen for capital city. He reiterated that the Andhra Capital would be at par with international standards. He said, the construction would begin on Vijaya Dasami day and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would lay the foundation then.
He said he was committed to develop new capital Amaravati as the best trade, education and tourism centre of the world in the coming days.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Nirmala Sitaraman said the Centre will extend all possible help to the Andhra Pradesh government in building its new capital city and there should not be any doubt about it.
Union Ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju, YS Chowdary, Andhra Pradesh State Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao, several State ministers and Guntur collector took part in the Bhoomi Puja.
Meanwhile, taking strong objection to the way TDP Government has invited Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to the bhumi puja of the capital city at the last minute through a messenger, YSR Congress has said it is matter which attracts the provisions of breach of privileges.
Party's Deputy Floor leader Jyothula Nehru alleged that the State Government and TDP reducing the event to a domestic affair, which is high objectionable. Though the muhurat was fixed well in advance, he said that the invitation being sent through a messenger on Friday evening shows the vicious intentions of the TDP. Courtesy demands that the Chief Minister himself should personally call the Leader of Opposition, who holds the rank of a cabinet minister, and invite him to the event, he added.
"When there is no proper invite to YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, it tantamount to breach of privilege and in my personal capacity I will issue a privilege motion for this deliberate move of ignoring the Leader of Opposition during such an important development concerning the capital city," he said.
He deplored that though he is the Deputy Floor Leader, he did not get an invitation and the function is being held like a family affair which is not acceptable and it seems the TDP Government does not want the Opposition members to be part of the programme.