In a crackdown against illegal encroachments, the 'Praja Vedika' building constructed next to the residence of former CM Chandrababu Naidu by the previous TDP government was taken down on orders of chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Jagan Mohan Reddy early on Thursday morning.
The Amaravati building that is being torn down to dust by 80 workers, was constructed using the tax payer's money during the TDP government to undertake both party and government activities. In this demolition politics of the state, wherein the TDP is accusing Reddy of political vendetta, it is speculated that Chandrababu Naidu's residence will be next in line to be brought down, along with with other illegal infrastructures along the locality.
The building constructed by the previous chief minister cost about 5 crore rupees, however, Reddy valued it for 8.2 crores at the particular location. This is the first building that is being demolished by the new Andhra Pradesh government.
At the moment, Naidu who has returned from his Europe vacation late on Tuesday night is in his residence, which is right behind the structure that is being destroyed.
In a crackdown by his successor CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Tuesday went live on Facebook, announcing that along with the building the road will be 'cleansed' too as it flouted environmental norms adding this will be done at the district level too.
After the TDP's defeat in the recently concluded assembly elections, Chandrababu Naidu had written to Jagan Mohan Reddy urging him to allocate the building to him in the capacity of Leader of Opposition.
However, the TDP government has called this crackdown a politically motivated move and said that they will stage protest against this. No TDP leaders are allowed close to the demolishment site as tight security has been put up.
Reddy, on Tuesday, has downgraded the security provided to Naidu's family members including his son and former cabinet minister Nara Lokesh. Lokesh who was provided Z category security previously will now have 2+2 gunmen, while security for Naidu's other family members has been completely withdrawn.
Since taking charge, Reddy had revamped many of Naidu's policies by renaming various schemes and policies of the previous TDP government. He also made a strong pitch to the Centre for Special Category Status (SCS) to be given to his state at the meeting of the fifth governing council of NITI Aayog on June 18, slamming the previous Naidu government for depriving the state through institutionalised corruption with unemployment being a stagnant issue with no possible way out.
Chandrababu Naidu's TDP suffered massive loss at the hands of Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which got the absolute majority in 175-member Assembly by winning 151 seats. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections too, YSRCP bagged 22 seats while the TDP got just three seats.