Botsa Calls Amaravati as Smasanam, Kicks Up Controversy

Botsa Calls Amaravati as Smasanam, Kicks Up Controversy

Courting an yet another controversy, AP Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister, Botsa Satyanarayana, at a media interaction on Monday compared capital Amaravati with Smasanam (crematorium).

Responding on Opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu's scheduled tour to Capital region on 28th November, Botsa dubbed Capital as Smasanam and said whether Chandrababu is coming to visit the Smasanam. Botsa had said, "Rajadhani Smasananni Chusi Edavadaniki Vastunnava? (Translates into 'Are You Coming To Witness The Capital Burrial Ground And Cry?)

Botsa was referring to lack of development of capital region during previous TDP government. However, Botsa's remarks comparing capital with crematorium have blown out of proportion and caught him and his party leaders in off guard. Severe flak, criticism is raised from Opposition over Botsa's Smasanam remark.

With criticism coming from all corners, minister Botsa has tried to clarify that he had no intention to malign capital's image and he was just referring to how Chandrababu Naidu had turned the capital into Smasanam. Yet, the damage has already been done.

Botsa's comments have come in handy for Opposition leaders. TDP's senior leaders have demanded CM Jagan to dismiss minister Botsa with immediate effect for hurting the sentiments of people in capital region.