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Will Jagan move to Visakha without naming it as capital?

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As the Supreme Court is postponing the hearing of Amaravati-related cases and the issue is to be resolved in the apex court, sources say that Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is planning to shift his base to Visakhapatnam. However, he would not name it as capital, not even the executive capital, for the time being.

Jagan Mohan Reddy had been firmly saying that Visakhapatnam would be the capital of the state, while Amaravati would host the Assembly sessions and Kurnool would house the high court. He is firm on moving the executive to Visakhapatnam from the day one he was elected as chief minister in May 2019.

However, with some cases pending in both the Andhra Pradesh high court and now in the Supreme Court, the chief minister had delayed the shifting. In fact, he also withdrew the three capitals bills due to the court cases.

Now, the battle has reached the Supreme Court and there are 8 petitions which are related to the Amaravati as capital and 28 other petitions related to the bifurcation of the state. The Supreme Court, in all likelihood, might take some time to hear and clear all these petitions.

There is no mention of capital for the states in the constitution and the chief minister is free to function from any place, say some of the constitutional experts. Accordingly, without announcing Visakhapatnam as the capital, the chief minister might move to the port city any time and start functioning from there. No court would have the right to question the chief minister for this, the experts say.

There is a clear provision and procedure in the constitution for the location of the high court, which has to be recommended by the Supreme Court and finally declared by the President of India. However, there is no such provision in the constitution or any established procedure for the chief minister to locate his seat.

It is now to be seen how fast Jagan Mohan Reddy would make his move to shift the administration to Visakhapatnam city.

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Supreme Court posts Amaravati cases for Nov 28

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The two-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Monday posted the Amaravati and other cases for hearing on November 28. The bench told the advocates that it would hear the State government’s petition and the Amaravati farmers’ petition separately.

The state government had filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court challenging the AP high court judgement which said that the state legislature is not competent authority to make laws on the capital city.

The advocates for the state government told the bench that the high court’s observations question the federal spirit of the country, where the states are vested with certain powers. The advocates also sought to remind the bench that the Central government on several occasions in the past had categorically stated that the right of having a capital is solely left to the respective state governments.

The advocate for the state government also told the court that the high court had directed the state government to develop plots to be given to the farmers in three months and build the capital city in six months, which were impractical.

The advocates also told the court that the Amaravati farmers have filed a contempt case against the state government for not implementing the high court orders and wanted a stay to be issued.

The advocate for the state government also contested that the AP high court had heard the case even after the government withdrew the bills related to the decentralisation of capitals. The advocate complained that the high court had given a judgment on the laws which were not in existence in the state.

On hearing all these, the bench consisting of Justice K M Joseph and Justice Hrishikesh Roy said that there would not be any action from the high court as the cases are being heard in the Supreme Court. The bench also told all the petitioners involved in the cases that it would hear the cases separately from November 28.

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AP high court asks govt to hold grama sabhas in Amaravati

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The Andhra Pradesh high court had on Friday asked the state government to hold grama sabhas in the 17 villages of Amaravati on house sites for outsiders.

The state government had amended the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) Act 2014, giving a porting of the capital lands for the housing of the poor from other villages.

However, the farmers of the 29 villages, who have given their lands for the APCRDA have challenged this decision and filed a petition in the court.

On Friday, after hearing both sides, the court directed the APCRDA to hold grama sabhas in the villages, take their views in the next two days.

The court asked the APCRDA to submit the minutes of the grama sabhas to the court for further proceedings.

The farmers of these villages have been opposing allocation of lands in these villages for outsiders, without developing a capital city here. The farmers are also opposing the three capitals issue and have been fighting on the issue for the past two years.

Now, when the government proposed to give house sites to the poor from other villages, the locals have opposed it, stating that it would lead to social imbalance. The state government had amended the APCRDA rules and accordingly allocated the house sites for the poor.

This time too, those who have opposed the move in the past have filed petitions in the high court challenging the decision.

Accordingly, the court had directed the State government, particularly the APCRDA to hold grama sabhas in all the villages, take their views and submit the same to the court.

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Supreme Court posts hearing of Amaravati cases to Nov 14

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The Supreme Court on Friday posted the hearing on the Amaravati cases to November 14. The two-member bench consisting of Justice K M Joseph and Justice Hrishikesh Roy told both the parties that they have to study the issue before hearing the case.

The advocate for the State government requested the bench to hear the case as the high court had given its judgement asking the state government to complete development of Amaravati in six months. The advocate further told the bench that the high court had also issued a contempt order against the state government for not implementing its orders.

Senior advocate for the Amaravati farmers, Fali Nariman, told the bench that the high court had given its order in March this year and wondered why the state government took so many months to file the Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court.

However, the bench said that they have to go through the details of the case before taking up the hearing. They needed time to go through the files and understand the case and wanted at least two weeks-time.

Senior advocate Nariman offered to give a synopsis of the case in the form of an affidavit if the court gave them one week time. The judges responded saying that they would not accept so much time and had asked the advocate to file the affidavit by November 7.

Despite the requests from the state government’s advocate, the bench posted the case for next hearing on November 14.

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Naidu remembers foundation day of Amaravati

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TDP supremo and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday remembered the prestigious day of laying foundation stone for the Amaravati capital on this day in 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new capital at Uddandarayunipalem, one of the 29 capital villages on October 22, 2016.

The grand event was organised by the then TDP government, which was attended by among others, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Chandrababu Naidu recalled the historic event and expressed confidence that Amaravati would remain the capital of the state. He said that several people across the world have welcomed the Amaravati plan and the government had done a lot of exercise to build a new capital.

He said that Amaravati was planned in such a way that it would become the global destination for the people to come and live. He said that several countries have welcomed the new capital, while the name of Amaravati fetched high returns to the state government.

Chandrababu Naidu said that Amaravati is not just a city, but the life of 28,000 farmers from the 29 villages. However, the dreams of the people of the state and those of the 29 villages were shattered now with Jagan Mohan Reddy playing three capitals’ game.

The TDP chief said that justice would prevail and Amaravati would become a reality in the near future. He made an appeal to the people of Andhra Pradesh to recall the sentiments that they had with Amaravati when the foundation stone was laid.

He also appealed to the people to throw away Jagan Mohan Reddy from power in the next elections and realise their dream of building a world class city.

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Chandrababu prays for Amaravati at Durga temple

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TDP supremo and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu offered prayers to presiding deity Goddess Kanakadurga atop Indrakeeladri in Vijayawada on Wednesday. He visited the temple along with his wife Bhuvaneswari and offered prayers to the deity.

He offered silk robes to the Goddess on behalf of the Telugu Desam Party and the people of the state. The temple priests and officials received Chandrababu Naidu and his wife with the recital of vedic hymns.

Later interacting with the media persons, Chandrababu Naidu said that he invoked the deity’s blessings for Amaravati. He said Amaravati had the blessings of all deities and the blessed soil and water was brought from various temples around the world.

Chandrababu Naidu blamed chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for destroying Amaravati. He said that he wanted Goddess Durga to punish the evil, alleging that Jagan Mohan Reddy is an evil for the state.

The TDP chief said that Goddess Durga punished the evil and restored justice. Andhra Pradesh too needed such initiative by the Goddess Durga to destroy the evil forces now represented by the YSR Congress.

When asked to respond to Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao renaming his party TRS as BRS and converting the party as national party, the TDP chief smiled at the media persons who were moved away without making any comment.

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TDP MP Kanakamedala is sure of Amaravati as capital

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TDP Rajya Sabha member Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar said that Amaravati would remain the sole capital of Andhra Pradesh. He said no force would shift the capital from Amaravati and assured the farmers of getting back their capital.

Ravindra Kumar, who is also an advocate, visited the farmers who have entered Krishna district on Tuesday. The farmers are on padayatra from Amaravati to Arasavalli sun temple in Srikakulam district. They took up the padayatra marking the 1000 days of their agitation against three capitals proposal by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government.

He blamed the state government for not implementing the AP high court direction on Amaravati development. He said that the high court had directed the state government on March 3, 2022 to develop Amaravati as capital city in six months. It also told the state government to develop the layout to be given to the farmers in three months.

Ravindra Kumar blamed the state government for not developing the layouts or Amaravati as capital city for six months. He said that the state government had filed the special leave petition in the supreme court against the high court order.

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government was only playing with the sacrifices of the farmers, he said. He also alleged that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government was trying to instigate the people of various regions in the state to create regional and communal disturbances in the state.

Former MP from Machilipatnam, Konakalla Narayana Rao, who also met the Amaravati farmers in Krishna district, said that the capital development was already started in Amaravati. He said that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government has to complete it. He also asserted that the Central government had given its share of funds to the state government for building the capital.

The structures in Amaravati would require completion, he said and asked the chief minister to develop the city as planned by the previous government.

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We are only adding Vizag and Kurnool to Amaravati as capital, says Minister

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Minister for Industries, Commerce and IT, Gudivada Amarnath, said that they were not changing the rules of the AP Capital Region Development Authority 2014. He said the present government was only adding two more places as capital.

He said that the previous TDP government had decided on Amaravati as the capital, while the present government was adding Kurnool and Visakhapatnam also as capitals. “We are not saying that Amaravati is not the capital. It will continue to be the legislative capital,” the minister said.

The Minister further said that the people of Amaravati were insisting upon Amaravati to be the only capital and they don’t want other places to share the capital city benefits. He said that the government is committed to develop three capitals for the state doing justice to the three regions. He further added that the government would introduce the decentralisation bills once again either in the present session or the sessions to be held later.

The Minister recalled the statement of chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Assembly about the capitals and decentralisation of administration. He said that Visakhapatnam would require about Rs 10,000 crore to make it a competitive city in five years on par with Hyderabad or Chennai or Bengaluru in the neighbourhood.

On the other hand, if Amaravati has to be developed it would require Rs 10 lakh crore and would take a couple of decades to become a city and another couple of decades to compete with the capital cities of the neighbouring states.

He emphasised the need to have a better and competitive city for the state now to attract investments now than wait for decades spending on Amaravati. He said that the state government is committed to developing the state and would go for the three capitals at any cost.

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AP files SLP in Supreme Court against HC order on Amaravati

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The State government on Saturday filed a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court, challenging the AP High Court judgment on Amaravati capital and the decentralisation of governance.

The AP High Court on March 2, 2022, had ruled that the state had no legislative powers to change the capital once it is fixed and had asked the state government to develop the capital in six months.

The State Assembly had discussed the observations of the high court judgement during the budget session. YSR Congress MP, V Vijayasai Reddy too had filed a private member bill in the Rajya Sabha recently seeking Parliament’s clarity on the observations of the high court.

The AP Assembly once again had a detailed discussion in the current session on September 15 on the three capitals plan and the decentralisation of administration.

Now, the SLP also questioned the constitutional validity of the high court in saying that the state has no legislative power to alter the capital. The state government felt that the observation was against the spirit of the constitution which directed the three organs of the government to respect each other.

The state government also questioned the intervention of the court on the matter, though the state government withdrew the decentralisation bills in the Assembly and took strong exception to the high court giving its judgment even before the new Acts were made.

The SLP is likely to come up for consideration and hearing on Monday, when the Supreme Court meets after the week-end break.

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Three-capital formula is a failure idea across the globe, says Somireddy

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Former minister and senior TDP leader, Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, felt that only those having a factionist mind-set can call the peaceful pada yatra of the capital region farmers as invasion.

Talking to media persons at the party headquarters, Chandramohan Reddy said that the farmers from Amaravati are not carrying any weapons like firearms or swords. “It is not correct to cause inconvenience to the Amaravati farmers who are undertaking pada yatra in a peaceful manner,” he added.

The former minister is of the strong opinion that the three-capital formula is a failure concept even in foreign countries like South Africa and it is only out of ignorance that the ruling party is still pursuing this idea. “It is not a fact that only capital cities will witness development. For instance, the American capital of Washington DC remained only as a city but the metros like Chicago and New York are progressing well,” he felt.

Similarly, though London is the capital of the United Kingdom, the city of Manchester witnessed industrial revolution, he said and added that how the ruling party in the State can think of a three-capital formula when the very idea is a failure across the globe. Also, Legislative capital theory is also wrong as the Maharashtra Government is incurring huge losses by conducting a single Assembly session in Nagpur. The Maharashtra Government has almost come to a conclusion not to hold the Assembly session in Nagpur any longer.

Almost all the parties in the State, including the BJP, the Congress, the Jana Sena and the Left parties have been demanding that Amaravati be continued as the capital. “Even the YSRCP has earlier made it clear on the Floor of the Assembly that Amaravati be the capital of Andhra Pradesh,” he recalled.

Chandramohan Reddy expressed doubts as to who will come forward to invest in Andhra Pradesh if there is no single capital for the State. Even in the combined Andhra Pradesh, cities like Warangal, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam have developed a lot though Hyderabad was the capital city and hence it is wrong to say that other cities will not progress well other than the capital city, he pointed out.

“Every city needs to have certain qualities for development. Since Visakhapatnam has a port, several industries like Hindustan Shipyard, Hindustan Zinc, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and other industries are being successfully operated,” he stated.

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On Independence Day, Jagan raises three capitals issue

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy once again raised the three capitals issue during his Independence Day speech in Vijayawada on Monday. He referred to the issue asserting that the three capitals were proposed for the decentralisation of administration and development as well.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said that in the last three years of his governance, he had introduced several administrative reforms and took the governance closure to the people through village and ward secretariats. He also cited the reorganisation of districts and said that it was part of his initiative to take the government to the door steps of the people.

It was during these remarks, Jagan Mohan Reddy had referred to the three capitals proposal and hinted at continuing his efforts to establish three capitals for the state. He said that his government is against concentration of power and development at one place.

He said he had given power to several castes, which have been ignored and neglected for several decades. Jagan Mohan Reddy said that his government had given due representation to the SCs, STs, BCs and Minorities ensuring 50 per cent share for women. He cited the allocation of MLC and Rajya Sabha seats to these sections in the last three years.

The chief minister listed all the welfare programmes of his government, particularly the Navaratnalu, and said that several other governments in the state were studying Andhra Pradesh model in welfare. He also claimed that the government was rolling out cash benefit schemes to the people even in the difficult times of lockdown and asserted that it was because of the commitment that he had towards these neglected sections.

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Norman Fosters seek SC intervention to get Amaravati fee

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The Brittan’s architecture firm, Norman Fosters, had approached the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking its intervention to get the Andhra Pradesh state government to pay the consultancy fee to them.

The Norman Fosters firm had given designs to the state government for Amaravati capital city. The Norman Fosters had also given town planning designs for the capital city during the TDP government between 2016 and 2019.

The Norman Fosters have given designs for the Assembly, High Court, Secretariat and other government buildings. Then chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu held several rounds of meetings with them, checked their designs, and made corrections.

In the meanwhile, there were elections in 2019 and the TDP lost the power. The YSR Congress came to power in the state. After the change of guard, the Norman Fosters have never visited the state, as the YSR Congress government changed the capital plans bringing in three capitals format.

The Norman Fosters said in its petition to the Supreme Court that they have been in constant touch with the Amaravati Metropolitan Region Development Authority (AMRDA), which was earlier the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), seeking payment of its consultancy fee.

The firm alleged that the AMRDA did not respond to their representations, forcing them to approach the Supreme Court of India for its intervention. The firm requested the court to direct the State government to pay their consultancy fee.

On admitting the petition, the Supreme Court had sent a notice to the AP government asking it to file an affidavit in reply to the petition. It is to be seen what this government would say to the court on the issue.

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BJP begins marathon walk in Amaravati villages

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The AP BJP leaders on Friday started the marathon walk in all the 29 villages of Amaravati capital. BJP AP president Somu Veerraju started the padayatra at Undavalli. The yatra is named as Mana Amaravati.

The Padayatra would conclude with a public meeting at Thulluru on August 4, in which several state and national leaders are expected to participate.

While launching the padayatra, Somu Veerraju blamed both Chandrababu Naidu and Jagan Mohan Reddy for betraying the farmers of Amaravati. He blamed Chandrababu Naidu for not developing Amaravati in five years of his government.

He also blamed the TDP chief for breaking alliance with the BJP, which led to delay in the construction of the new capital. He felt that Amaravati would have been a reality had Chandrababu Naidu continued the alliance with the BJP.

He cited the construction of capital for three states in the north by the BJP governments. He also promised to complete the Amaravati project in next five years, if the BJP is voted to power in the state.

Somu Veerraju also blamed chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy for ignoring the Amaravati project. He said that Jagan Mohan Reddy had said about three capitals but had not completed even a single capital in the last three years.

However, at Penumaka, Somu Veerraju had a bitter experience with the local farmers blaming him for their association with the BJP. A farmer said that both the BJP and the YSR Congress are in collusion and have destroyed the Amaravati capital project.

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Naidu says Jagan has no moral right to sell Amaravati lands

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TDP president and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday accused the Jagan Reddy Government of punishing the people with ‘ulterior welfare cuts’ on one side and ‘unbearable tax burdens’ on the other.

Naidu asked whether the YSRCP Government had any moral right to sell lands in Amaravati when it did not make any effort to construct the Capital City for the State.

Addressing the party strategy committee at the party office in Mangalagiri, the TDP chief said that the ruling YSRCP could not increase its vote share in Atmakur by-poll though it had distributed lots of money. In the last three years, the Jagan Government had only betrayed people in the name of welfare programmes and set arbitrary conditions only to reduce the number of beneficiaries.

Naidu said Amma Vodi beneficiaries came down by over 52,000. In an inhuman way, the single woman pension was cut for lakhs of beneficiaries by increasing eligibility age to 50 years. New taxes were increased from garbage to every possible thing. Unbearable taxes broke the backs of the common public.

Chandrababu Naidu slammed the Jagan rule for not laying a single brick for Capital City construction. How could this YCP Government put up Amaravati lands for sale at Rs. 10 Cr per acre when it described Capital City as a ‘smasanam’ (cremation ground)?

The TDP chief strongly objected to the YCP rule not making any effort in the past three years to complete the buildings meant for the Government employees in Amaravati area. It was wrong now to give these buildings to private institutions for hire.

Naidu asked the YSRCP leaders to explain why their party could not increase its votes in the latest by-election in Atmakur though the main opposition party was not in the contest. This was only because of the severe anti-Government sentiment against the YSRCP.

Chandrababu Naidu said that when compared to the previous election, the YSRCP could not get even a minimum of 10,000 votes more in the Atmakur by-election. The ruling party distributed cash and the main opposition was not in the contest, but there was no increase in vote share.

The TDP strategy panel had discussed several other issues and blamed the YCP rule for the death of over 19 failed students in the 10th exams. Jagan Reddy’s own liquor brands were taking a heavy toll on the lives of poor people. The CM did not fulfil his promise to give increase Dulhan benefit to Muslim girls from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 Lakh.

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Amaravati farmers file contempt case against govt

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The farmers of Amaravati villages have filed contempt of court case in Andhra Pradesh High Court on Saturday. They alleged that the government officials have not implemented the high court direction to develop Amaravati as capital.

The high court on March 3, 2022 directed the State government to develop Amaravati as the capital city. It had set three months’ time for the government to develop layouts to be given to the farmers. The court wanted the government to develop the layouts with all the required infrastructure and hand over the developed plots to the farmers who have given their lands for the capital.

The court also directed the state government to provide infrastructure like water, roads, drains in the entire Amaravati area notified by the previous government. The court gave six months’ time to the government to develop the capital city.

Though the government asked the farmers to get their plots registered, not many of them have come forward and registered the plots, as the area was not developed as promised by the previous TDP government.

Following this, Done Samba Siva Rao from Yerrubalem village and Tati Srinivasa Rao from Inavolu village have filed the contempt case. They have also named chief secretary Dr Sameer Sharma, special chief secretary K S Jawahar Reddy, Legislature secretary P Balakrishnamacharyulu, former law secretary V Sunitha, chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, former minister for Municipal Administration Botsa Satyanarayana, Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath in the case.

They alleged that these officials and the ministers have intestinally ignored the court orders. They have also requested the court to dismiss the affidavit filed by chief secretary Sameer Sarma seeking 60 months’ time to develop Amaravati.

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It’s going to be “Build Amaravati” movement from now

The Amaravati farmers and those who have been supporting them in the agitation have changed their slogan on Saturday.

The agitation has been on for more than 800 days with a slogan on “Save Amaravati”. They launched the agitation in January 2020 following chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy introducing three capital bills.

They have been asking the government to continue Amaravati as the only capital of the state and oppose any move to shift any wing of the capital from Amaravati.

With the high court supporting the movement and issuing directions to the government to complete the capital city construction in six months, the farmers have named the movement as Build Amaravati.

Though the high court had directed the government to build the capital, there are no signs of the government going forward in this direction. The government has not made any allocation of funds for Amaravati in the budget, nor it appears to be willing to develop Amaravati.

In this backdrop, the Joint Action Committee of Amaravati re-designed the movement to mount pressure on the government to start “Building Amaravati”, the only capital of the state. The JAC leaders on Saturday announced that they would tour every part of the state and mobilise support for their agitation.

Though they claim that they have support for Amaravati even in North Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, mostly with the backing of the TDP, it is to be seen how the organisations that have been supporting the government on decentralisation would react to these plans.

There are organisations demanding their due share of the capital in Rayalaseeema, particularly asking for a high court. It is a big question if these organisations would remain silent if the farmers spread the agitation to their region.

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Barring YSRCP, all Andhra parties show solidarity with Amaravati farmers

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Leaders of all parties, barring Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), came on a common platform to declare their support to Amaravati farmers whose agitation against the move for trifurcation of state capital completed two years on Friday.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, CPI leader K. Narayana, YSRCP’s rebel MP Raghurama Krishnam Raju and leaders of Congress, Jana Sena, BJP and other parties shared the platform at a public meeting organised by Amaravati farmers in the temple town.

Large number of people participated in the meeting to show solidarity with the farmers while the leaders of all the opposition parties assured to stand by them.

The public meeting, which marked the culmination of Amaravati to Tirupati ‘Mahapadyatra’ by Amaravati farmers and women, also coincided with the completion of two years since the announcement by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to develop three state capitals.

Demanding that Amaravati be developed as the only state capital as decided by the previous TDP government, farmers and women undertook the foot march, which concluded at Tirupati on December 14.

As the district administration of Chittoor denied permission to farmers to hold the public meeting, the farmers moved the High Court, which gave conditional permission for the meeting.

Setting aside their differences, leaders of various parties and groups came on the common platform to assure Amaravati farmers that they will continue to back their agitation. They said the state’s future will be bright only if Amaravati is developed as the only state capital. They made it clear that nobody can shift the state capital from Amaravati and that the sacrifices of farmers will not go in vain.

Some farmers broke down while addressing the public meeting. They said they gave their lands for development of the state capital but the YSRCP government threw them on the streets by deciding to develop three state capitals.

Chandrababu Naidu, who had prepared the vision of Amaravati as a world-class city, slammed Jagan Mohan Reddy for what he called destroying the future of the state and its people.

He wondered how the state capital can be shifted when the foundation was laid by the Prime Minister and the Centre also gave Rs 2,500 crore for capital works and also extended certain exemptions to farmers, who had given 33,000 acres of land.

Alleging that the YSRCP government gave a caste colour to the state capital, he said Jagan Mohan Reddy has no vision. He urged the Chief Minister to stop the false propaganda against Amaravati.

Naidu claimed that Amaravati lands can help the state mobilise financial resources. “Don’t spend even a rupee in Amaravati but don’t destroy this economic asset for the future of the state and its people,” he told Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Stating that Amaravati is the most suitable location for the state capital, the TDP chief said while all regions should develop, the state capital should remain in Amaravati. He exuded confidence that ultimately Amaravati will emerge victorious in this battle for justice.

Jana Sena leader Ramdas Chowdary told the public meeting that party founder and actor Pawan Kalyan has sent a message to the meeting that Amaravati will remain as the state capital.

Actor Shivaji slammed the YSRCP government for its blunders. He pointed out that except leaders of YSRCP, all have come on the common platform.

Congress leaders Tulsi Reddy and Mastan Vali, BJP leader Kanna Lakshminarayana and others addressed the meeting and expressed their full support to the movement by Amaravati farmers.

CPI-M leader P. Madhu stayed away from public meeting saying he can’t share the dais with BJP leaders. He, however, said his party would continue its support to the just cause of Amaravati farmers.

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Farmers begin “Nyayasthanam to Devasthanam” yatra on Amaravati issue

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The much-touted Amaravati farmers yatra from Tulluru to Tirupati is off to a flamboyant start with a large number of people turning up to see off the farmers. The yatra, titled Nyayasthanam nunchi Devasthanam Maha Pada Yatra, will be for a period of 45 days and would cover four districts – Guntur, Prakasam, Kurnool and Chittoor.

There would be village-level meetings and seminars all along the route. The farmers will create awareness about the yatra among the general public. The yatra would cover 70 major villages in four districts. The farmers would make a night-stay at appointed places. Before the launch of the yatra, the farmers offered prayers to Lord Venkateswara and the Goddess of Justice. They also performed all-religion padayatra. A large number of women and political leaders of various hues and shades were present.

The yatra is aimed at opposing the government’s move to have three capitals for Andhra Pradesh. It wants only Amaravati to be the capital of Andhra Pradesh. CPI leader Ramakrishna, Congress leader form Telangana Renuka Chowdary, TDP and Jana Sena leaders have extended their support to the yatra.

Initially, AP DGP Gowtham Sawang did not give permission to the yatra. However, the farmers approached the AP High Court, which gave them permission to take out a yatra. Later, the AP GDP gave them permission to take out the yatra. However, 157 persons were permitted to be part of the yatra. Similarly, no public meeting would be allowed during the yatra. The yatris were also told not to change the route map without the permission of the police and were directed not to indulge in violence and arson.

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Amaravati farmers plan 45-day-long padayatra against 3-capital policy

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The Amaravati farmers, who have been agitating for over 500 days, are all set to launch a Padayatra to highlight their plight. The farmers are demanding that the Jagan government’s decision to shift the capital out of Amaravati be rescinded. They are opposing the move to set up the executive capital in Visakhapatnam and the judicial capital in Kurnool in Rayalaseema.

The Padayatra will begin from Tullur, a prominent village in the Amaravati area on November 1. The yatra would be held for 45 days and would end at Tirupati by the Sankranthi festival. The yatra would cover over 400 kilo meters. Politicians, farmers, farm labourers, civil society leaders and others would undertake the padayatra to Tirupati. The Amaravati JAC, which will organize the yatra, is working out the nitty gritty.

The yatra is being planned to breathe life into the agitation and highlight the problems of the farmers of the region. As part of the padayatra, awareness meetings would be held and round tables would be organied at different places. The protesters will expose the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government and its decisions. While a yatra may not be able to settle the issue, but it will surely highlight the problems of the farmers, a leader of the Amaravati Joint action committee said.

The yatra assumes significance in the wake of the recent panchayal, MPTC and ZPTC elections, where the YSRCP has routed the TDP. In all the Amaravati villages, the YSRCP has won handsomely. Since then the government has been claiming that the people at large were with the government’s three-capitals policy. To prove this wrong, the padayatra is being planned to cover a large part of the state, the organizers said.

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Botsa flares up Amaravathi issue again!

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Andhra Pradesh municipal administration minister Botsa Satyanarayana has stirred up fresh controversy with his provoking comments on Amaravathi capital issue again.

Botsa on Saturday (today) ruled out any possibility of YSRCP government holding talks with Amaravathi farmers who are agitating for the cause of Amaravathi capital for over 600 days. He said there is nothing to discuss with Amaravathi farmers.

Botsa categorically stated that YSRCP government will not go back on shifting executive capital from Amaravathi to Visakhapatnam.

Botsa also made it clear that YSRCP government will set up three capitals for AP come what may as decided earlier.

He said Amaravathi will only remain as Legislative capital of AP and there is no change in this decision by the AP government.

Botsa reiterated his controversial comments on Amaravathi capital saying why AP’s future and development should be confined only to 20 villages in Amaravathi capital region.

Botsa’s remarks triggered sharp protests from farmers in Amaravathi capital region, who have given up their lands for the future of AP.

They burnt the effigies of Botsa and demanded him to take back his remarks on Amaravathi unconditionally.

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