YSRCP's under construction central office demolished

The building under construction was located on the route from Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu's residence to the Telugu Deasam party office.
Screengrab of the YSRC's party office being demolished
Screengrab of the YSRC's party office being demolishedSpecial Arrangement

VIJAYAWADA: Officials from the Mangalagiri Tadepalli Municipal Corporation (MTMC) demolished a building under construction for the YSRC’s party office in Sitanagaram, Tadepalli mandal of Guntur district in the early hours of Saturday.

YSRC leaders decried the demolition and described it as a ‘destructive’ vendetta from the ruling TDP against the party.

The building under construction was located on the route from Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu's residence to the Telugu Deasam party office.

Around five o'clock in the morning, municipal authorities arrived with earthmoves and bulldozers and demolished the building, which had its first floor completed and ready for the slab. The demolition was completed in just two hours. Concurrently, the officials erected gates to prevent the entry of leaders and activists, and there was a heavy police presence, creating a tense atmosphere in Tadepalli.

Challenging the preliminary proceedings of the APCRDA to demolish the under-construction building, YSRC approached the High Court.

At that time, the court directed the CRDA not to overstep the law, and YSRC's lawyer brought the same to the attention of the CRDA Commissioner. In addition, YSRC alleged that CRDA, with the help of municipal officials, carried out the demolitions and ignored the High Court's directives. YSRC claims that no notices were given and that the actions constitute contempt of court, promising to bring the matter to the High Court's attention.

However, authorities provided a different version of the issue. According to them, the party office was being constructed on land belonging to the irrigation department. The then Jagan government allocated the land, previously used as a boat yard, for the YSRC office on a low-cost lease. CRDA issued notices for illegal construction, and the Municipal authorities carried out the demolition following these notices early on Saturday.

Pothineni Srinivasa Rao, TDP Guntur district general secretary filed a complaint with the authorities, stating that the previous government had allotted 2 acres of irrigation land in Tadepalli survey number 202/A1 for the party office. However, the Irrigation Department did not agree to this acquisition, but YSRC leaders planned to construct buildings on these 2 acres and occupy an additional 15 acres.

He also stated in his complaint that CRDA, MTMC, and the Revenue Departments didn’t provide proper authorization for the said land to YSRC. He also alleged that no application had been made for the construction plan of the YSRC office and that construction began without any permission and to take action against the unauthorized construction.

Based on Srinivasa Rao's complaint, the structures were demolished by the MTMC officials.

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