Chandrababu Naidu’s mind continues to stay in Hyderabad. When he is supposed to talk about the development of his state, Andhra Pradesh, Naidu continues to concentrate on Telangana. He should leave Hyderabad immediately and administer the state from Vijayawada,” rues M Ramesh Kumar, a young entrepreneur from Vijayawada.
Naidu’s speech at Nava Nirmana Deeksha rally in Vijayawada on Tuesday received mixed reactions from people across the state. Many people took his promises with a pinch of salt. Youths and students found fault with Naidu for not shifting to Vijayawada even a year after the state bifurcation.
Many youngsters like Ramesh Kumar felt let down as Naidu concentrated too much on development of Telangana rather than unfurling his plans to put AP back on the path of progress. “How on earth am I concerned about the development of Telangana after the state is divided? AP is in a bad shape. The chief minister should work for speedy growth of the state. But he prefers to talk as the president of the TDP rather that as the chief minister of AP,” said a private employee, Y Kanti, who moved to Hyderabad from Andhra five years ago.
Political observers warn that Naidu will have to face the wrath of people if he did not concentrate on shifting the state administration from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. The discontentment is clearly visible, said former minister Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru). “It is only a matter of time that people will come in the open,” he warned.
Naidu had constituted two committees on shifting of government offices from Hyderabad. But nothing really has moved forward. Irrigation and municipal administration departments made vain attempts to transfer employees to Vijayawada.
“The new state will benefit if the administration is located in the proposed capital region. Naidu has also failed to get central funds for development projects,” Rajasekhar added.
K Padmanabha Rao, a retired teacher in Visakhapatnam, said people in AP feel disconnected with the state administration. “People in Andhra Pradesh may have a soft corner towards the TDP government. But soon people will turn hostile if Naidu shies away from running the government from Vijayawada.”
The state government had earlier proposed to construct a temporary capital at Mangalagiri but it withdrew the proposal. Later, it announced that the administration will be shifted to Vijayawada on June 2. “It is our misfortune that all our senior political leaders and officials are based in Hyderabad. They do not want to come out of the common capital city,” said V Rami Reddy, a resident of Chittoor town.
V Chandrasekhar, a contractor from Nellore, blames government employees for delay in the relocation of the state administration. “People are forced to go to Hyderabad even for small administrative work. Naidu should also prevail on the Centre to bifurcate the high court,” he said.