The demolition of a building constructed during the tenure of Ex CM N Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh’s Amravati was underway on Wednesday morning.
The building, Praja Vedika convention hall, was built by the AP Capital Region Development Authority on the Krishna riverbed near the residence of Telugu Desam Party chief and present Leader of the Opposition Chandrababu Naidu.
The TDP chief was present at his residence, which is a part of the structure, as Praja Vedika was being demolished on Wednesday.
The demolition began on Tuesday evening with a JCB machine, six trucks and 30 labourers. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had on Monday ordered the demolition of the government building, saying it was built in “violation” of rules and “involved corruption”.
Jagan Mohan Reddy’s order effectively meant rejection of Chandrababu Naidu’s plea to him earlier this month that the hall, used for official meetings in the previous regime, be declared as residence annex for the Leader of Opposition.
The CM made the announcement in his inaugural speech at a two-day conference of district Collectors and Superintendents of Police that began Monday as the gathering of state ministers and top bureaucrats greeted it with applause.
We have all assembled here, in this big, gigantic hall. These many Collectors, Secretaries, ministers and CM myself are sitting here. Is this building a legally valid building? In this, there are no rules. It is built in violation of rules, against the law and built with corruption, he said.