The 36th Mahanadu Telugu Desam Party (TDP)’s annual party gathering, gets underway in the port city after a gap of 16 years on Saturday .

Vizag too has its own concerns. Primary among them being losing the tag as being the number one city in the Andhra region to Amaravati that is in the making as well as facing the threat of the port city being an IT hub slipping away from its hands.

According to TDP sources, AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu chose Vizag as the venue for this Mahanadu mainly to assure its residents that the development of Amaravati would not be at the cost of Vizag.

This would be made official when among the 11 resolutions that will be passed on Monday , the last day of the meeting, would be one titled ‘Decentralisation-14 Smart Cities’ ”

The Andhra University grounds, venue for the meet, is slated to accommodate about 50,000 delegates.

The ruling party is disappointed that though a lot of efforts were made to develop Vizag after Cyclone Hudhud, including ensuring that several industries set shop here, the feeling on the ground still is that the port city is being neglected.

After bifurcation, Mahanadu is conducted in Tirupati and Hyderabad.

Each of the 30 resolutions will be supported by one MP, one MLA, a district level leader and four party workers.