Less than 24 hours of Andhra Pradesh government confirming Vijayawada as the temporary capital of the residuary state, criticism from all corners are pouring down at the Telugu Desam party. The demand for second capital in Rayalaseema has been in the radar for sometime and with the government announcement, Rayalaseema leaders broke their silence.
Justice Laxman Reddy who heads the Rayalaseema Sadhana committee has opposed this decision and questioned why can't the government make Kurnool as the temporary capital of AP. He also quizzed why the government has made Vijayawada as capital in a hurry. “Kurnool has all the facilities that a capital requires but don't know why the government made Vijayawada as temporary capital and don't understand the logic behind either. Moreover, Hyderabad is already a temporary capital and what is the necessary for second fugitive,” said Laxman Reddy.
Congress party too opposed the decision of temporary capital. Former PCC Chief Botsa Satyanarayana in a statement said, “Vijayawada is made capital only for the benefit of Krishna district TDP leaders. What will happen to the Seemandhra people in Hyderabad and when key decisions like this are taken, government should take the initiative of holding an all-party meeting. This shows TDP has a agenda in making Vijayawada as capital.”
Andhra Pradesh government has announced Vijayawada as the temporary capital of the state and CM Chandrababu Naidu has directed the officials to search for government properties and space around the city so as to move key departments from Hyderabad.