news Monday, June 08, 2015 - 05:30
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu appears set to shift his base from Hyderabad to Vijayawada, where he opened his camp office on Monday.  Amid chanting of Vedic hymns by priests, Naidu stepped into the building and sat on his chair.  Naidu's cabinet colleagues and leaders of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) including his brother-in-law and popular actor N. Balakrishna were present on the occasion. The camp office was to be inaugurated by Naidu on Saturday after performing the "bhoomi puja" for the new state capital, 'Amaravthi' but the programme was postponed as he could not reach Vijayawada on time and missed the "Muhurtam". TDP sources also added that Naidu may spend three days to five days in a week in Vijayawada if neccessary.  As the new capital is being built near Vijayawada, there have been demands from various quarters that the state government shift it base to Vijayawada at the earliest. While shifting of the entire administration may not be possible in the near future, Naidu seems to have decided to shift his camp office to make a start. This will help him run the affairs from a place close to the upcoming capital and also facilitate his visits to various places in Andhra Pradesh, officials said. The camp office was inaugurated on a day when Naidu completed one year in office. A public meeting is scheduled in Guntur on Monday evening to mark the occasion. Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated on June 2 last year to carve out Telangana state. Hyderabad has been declared as the common capital of the two states for a period not exceeding 10 years. With IANS