Amaravati has been officially named the capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the capital on Thursday afternoon at Uddandarayunipalem village in Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh.
At the event, the PM was present along with union and state ministers. Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Nirmala Sitaraman were present at the event.
CMs and Governors of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were also present in the village which is about 40 kms from Vijayawada, the commercial hub of Andhra Pradesh.
While addressing the foundation event, PM Modi reassured the people that the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act will be implemented in ‘letter and spirit’ within the stipulated time frame.
“I want to assure the people of Andhra that Government of India will implement the provisions of the Reorganisation Act in letter and spirit. I have come here to assure you that the Narendra Modi and Chandrababu Naidu duo will fulfill all the dreams and aspirations and the issues agreed upon within the stipulated time frame,” he announced.
He also took the opportunity to launch a scathing attack on the previous Congress-led UPA government.
“For some people’s political selfishness, Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated in haste without properly carrying out the process of proper consultation. I can even today feel the pain of those innocents who lost their lives and suffered loss to property in this episode,” PM Modi said while accusing the Congress of fuelling the tension between the two states.
“Those people who while bifurcating Andhra and Telangana have attempted to sow the seeds of a permanent problem, they are even today adding fertilizer to create poison, create illusion and are trying to play with the emotions of the youth,” PM Modi alleged.
While attacking the Congress, PM Modi also promised the people that along with CM N Chandrababu Naidu, he will fulfill the dreams and aspirations of Andhra Pradesh and take it to greater heights by expediting the development process.
“… I assure Centre’s support to both the states and the Government of India will always stand by and support you,” the PM promised.
Laying the foundation stone for the new capital, PM Modi urged the people to move forward in the “true spirit and soul of Telugu”.
“Be it Andhra Pradesh or Telangana, the soul is Telugu. Both states must progress,” Modi added.
Earlier in the day, on arriving in Andhra Pradesh, PM Modi was shown the ‘Amaravati Pavilion’ which showcased the historical, mythological and cultural evolution of the city.
There are plans to make Amaravati a three-layered capital whose master plans have been prepared by Singapore government agencies.
(With inputs from PTI)