Jagan has driven back AP by 30 years: Naidu

Bills worth more than ₹1.5 lakh crore are pending, Naidu said

VISAKHAPATNAM: TD chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday accused Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy of bringing in retrogressive policies, which have driven Andhra Pradesh backwards by 30 years.

In a statement, he pointed out that the image of state government suffered a huge setback when it asked contractors not to bring pressure for settling bills of tenders related to repairs carried out in Krishna delta. Bills worth more than ₹1.5 lakh crore are pending. Lakhs of employees in construction, trade and services sectors have lost their jobs due to non-payment of bills by the Government, he stated.

The former chief minister wondered how Jagan government will be able to complete multi-crore irrigation projects when it could not make timely payments for just ₹13 crore-worth tender works. “Will this government ever be able to construct airports, steel plants and three capitals,” he asked.

Naidu said an arbitrary condition has been stipulated in tender documents disallowing contractors from approaching courts seeking legal relief. This condition is enough to indicate how helpless and inefficient the Jagan government has become, he added.

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