Mauryas, Satavahanas, Pallavas, Vijayanagara empire and many more have previously laid their claims to the ancient city of Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh.
Today, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is claiming to resurrect this ancient seat of power in modern-day India. In re-building Amaravati, or the ‘the place for immortals’, Naidu claims to be creating India’s Singapore, a city known worldwide for its planning and high tech infrastructure.
Naidu, who has been chief minister for 14 years (in undivided Andhra Pradesh and the rest after bifurcation), walked out on his ally, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), last month over broken promises. By refusing to grant a Special Status to the state, the Centre, he alleged, had backed out on what was promised to it on the floor of the Parliament. Read More