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Finally, Jagan government begins works in Amaravati

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The YSR Congress government headed by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in AP had finally started the work in Amaravati.

The high court had directed the government to develop the layouts and give plots to the farmers who have given their lands for the capital. The order was issued on March 3 giving three months’ time to the government to develop the layout and six months to develop the Amaravati city.

Recently, the court had directed the state government to file a status report on Amaravati development and posted the case to July 12 for further hearing. The high court wanted the state government to develop Amaravati as promised in the APCRDA Act 2014.

Jagan Mohan Reddy government is unwilling to develop Amaravati as it had planned for the decentralisation of the capital. It had proposed executive capital in Visakhapatnam, judicial capital in Kurnool and Legislative capital in Amaravati. However, the farmers have been opposing this model and insisting on developing Amaravati into a full-fledged capital.

The officials have initiated the work on developing Amaravati as directed by the high court. They have taken up the works which were completed beyond 70 per cent works during the TDP regime.

Accordingly, Jagan Mohan Reddy government started the road widening works on Karakatta and restoration of the seed access road from Venkatapalem to Rayapudi. The officials have also started finishing work to the MLAs, MLCs and the IAS and IPS officers residential quarters.

The officials told the chief minister during a review meeting at Tadepalli camp office on Monday. The chief minister held a review meeting with the officials of the municipal administration and urban development where the works on Amaravati were also reviewed.

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HC to hear case on Amaravati on July 12

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The AP high court had posted the Amaravati case for hearing on July 12. Meanwhile, the court had directed the state government to submit a status report on Amaravati development as directed by the court earlier this year.

The court admitted the contempt petition filed by two farmers, Tati Srinivasa Rao and Done Sambasiva Rao informing the court that its direction to the government on March 3 was not implemented.

The court had on March 3 directed the state government to develop layouts and give plots to the farmers in three months and develop the entire Amaravati as capital in six months. The state government felt that it was impossible to develop 55,000 acres of land into a city in six months.

However, the government had started works in Amaravati in some areas, where 70 per cent of buildings were completed which included the residential quarters for the All India Service officers and the judicial officers.

While taking up the contempt petition by the farmers, the court bench headed by chief justice, Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra, justice M Satyanarayana Murthy and Justice D V S S Somayajulu wanted the government to respond and file a status report.

When the advocate general told the bench that the government had filed an affidavit seeking more time, the court wanted to know whether the court direction was followed or not. The court said that they are not worried about what people say about the judgment but want to know whether the judgment was honoured or not.

The court wanted the advocate general to submit a status report on their March 3 judgment. They wanted to know if the plots were given to the farmers after developing the layouts. The court also directed the state government to file the status report whether the process to develop Amaravati as a city has started or not.

It is to be seen how the state government would respond and what sort of status report it would submit to the court in the next two months.

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Amaravati farmers refuse to get their plots registered

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The farmers of Amaravati capital villages have refused to register their plots from the government. As the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) had already written to them asking them to get their plots registered by the end of March, the farmers sent replies raising questions and refusing to register.

The APCRDA started the process following the high court direction that the government and the CRDA register the plots to the farmers within one month. The court directed the government to develop the layout and give the plots to the farmers as agreed in the land pooling system.

Accordingly, the APCRDA wrote letters and had set the papers ready. However, the farmers gave a shock to the APRCDA raising some questions. The farmers wanted to know how would the CRDA register the plots without developing the layout. They also questioned the APCRDA for not completing the land pooling and land acquisition process which was started in January 2016.

The State government had floated the APCRDA in 2014 for the land pooling from the farmers for the capital. The APCRDA had pooled 33,000 acres from the farmers, besides acquiring some 5,000 acres. This was in addition to the 25,000 acres of the government land available in all the 29 villages.

The TDP government which had started the project, built a few buildings and laid a couple of roads. The TDP had proposed nine cities to be built in Amaravati and make it the global destination. The Singapore government was given the contract to prepare the masterplan for Amaravati with the proposed nine cities.

However, the 2019 general elections have changed the scene with the YSR Congress coming to power and proposing decentralisation with three capitals. After two years of legal battle by the farmers, the court had given the order in their favour. However, they are not ready to get the plots registered for them, and are posing the questions. It is to be seen what would they tell the court when some petitions appear on the implementation of its order on Amaravati capital.

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Protesting for 800 days, Amaravati farmers erupt in joy

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Amaravati erupted in celebrations on Thursday after Andhra Pradesh High Court pronounced its judgment on petitions challenging Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government’s decision to create three state capitals.

Raising slogans of ‘Jai Amaravati’, farmers of the region burst crackers and distributed sweets to hail the court order.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra directed the government to complete implementation of Amaravati capital city master plan in six months.

The court also asked the government to hand over developed plots with all basic amenities to farmers within three months. The government was also asked not to alienate lands in Amaravati for any work other than development of the state capital.

Farmers and women, who have been agitating for over 800 days, welcomed the judgment as victory of truth and justice. A group of women bowed down to thank the judiciary for upholding the justice.

“Over 200 people have lost their lives in this protest due to a wrong decision by the government. At least now, the government should shed its arrogance and resume developing Amaravati as the only state capital,” one of the women said.

Farmers said the court verdict has come as a big relief for them as they were losing hopes of getting justice. They demanded that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government respect the court order and implement it without challenging it in the Supreme Court.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for Amaravati on October 22, 2015. Then Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had grand plans to develop the capital.

With nine theme cities, and 27 townships, Amaravati on the banks of Krishna river was planned in an area of 217 square km as a world-class city.

The Singapore government had made free master plan for capital region, capital city and seed area. It was designed not merely as an administrative capital but as an economic and job creating hub and tourism centre.

The project then attracted the attention of investors from countries like Australia, Japan, Germany, Singapore and Britain.

After coming to power in 2019, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) reversed the decision of the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government to develop Amaravati as the only state capital.

Jagan Mohan Reddy declared that Amaravati, a Rs 2 lakh crore project, was not his priority.

The new government had put on hold all the works in Amaravati, citing the irregularities committed by the previous government in awarding contracts.

The construction activity came to a grinding halt creating an atmosphere of uncertainty, leading to a big slump in land prices. The World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) were first to pull out of a project to fund Amaravati’s development.

Later, a consortium of Singapore companies closed Amaravati Capital City Startup Project, the agreement for which was signed during the TDP rule. The government said they mutually decided to cancel the project as the consortium had failed to respond to the concerns raised.

Later, Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that Visakhapatnam will be developed as administrative capital and Kurnool as judicial capital while Amaravati will serve as only legislative capital.

This triggered massive protest from farmers in 29 villages of Amaravati, who had given 33,000 acres of land for the capital and were hoping to reap its economic benefits.

The government’s decision had shattered dreams of 24,000 farmers who had voluntarily given lands ranging from half-an-acre to 50 acres.

For every acre of cultivable land the farmers were promised 1000 square yards of residential plot and 250 square yards of commercial plot with all the infrastructure. Almost all the farmers received the allotment papers but their dreams of owning developed plots remained on paper with the change of guard. They were also promised Rs 50,000 annuity per acre with an annual hike of 10 per cent.

In January 2020, the Andhra Pradesh Decentralization and Inclusive Development of all Regions Bill 2020 and the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) Repeal Bill 2020 were passed by the Assembly to create three capitals.

The Opposition TDP which had a majority in the 58-member Council stalled them and got them referred to a Select Committee.

However, officials refused to constitute the Select Committee on the ground that the decision of the then chairman of the Council M.A. Shariff was not in line with the rules.

Even as Amaravati farmers and others moved to the High Court, the Bills were passed by the Assembly for the second time on June 16, 2020. Though they were not passed by the Legislative Council, they were considered as ‘deemed to be passed’ as per Clause 2 of Article 197 of the Constitution as one month had elapsed after their introduction in the Upper House of the state legislature.

On July 31, 2020, Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan signed the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) Repeal Bill 2020 and Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2020, paving the way for trifurcation of the state capital.

The repeal of the APCRDA, which was created for development of Amaravati as the state capital, had led to formation of the Amaravati Metropolitan Region Development Authority (AMRDA).

Several farmers moved the High Court challenging the two Bills on the ground that they were not passed in accordance with the rules.

Even as more than 75 petitions were being heard by the high court, the government in November last year repealed the two laws but made it clear that it has not gone back on its decision to develop three capitals.

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Andhra HC orders development of Amaravati as capital

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In a setback to Jagan Mohan Reddy-led government’s plans to develop three state capitals, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday directed it to complete implementation of Amaravati capital city master plan in six months.

The court also asked the government to hand over developed plots with all basic amenities to farmers within three months. The government was also asked not to alienate lands in Amaravati for any work other than development of state capital.

It also made it clear that the Assembly has no powers to make laws on state capitals.

A bench of three judges headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra pronounced the judgment on 75 petitions filed by Amaravati farmers and others challenging the government’s move for trifurcation of state capital.

The court directed the government to keep it informed about the development works taken up as per capital city master plan.

Counsel of one of the petitioners told media persons that the bench directed the government not to shift any office from Amaravati as the earlier interim order in this regard will remain in force.

The government was directed to pay Rs 50,000 each to the petitioners towards legal costs.

The Andhra Pradesh government on Nov 22, 2021 repealed two laws enacted last year to create three state capitals but announced that it will come out with a new comprehensive legislation.

The Assembly passed Andhra Pradesh Decentralization and Inclusive Development of all Regions Repeal Bill 2021. The Bill repealed the Andhra Pradesh Decentralization and Inclusive Development of all Regions Act 2020 and the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region development Authority Repeal Act 2020 Act.

The government, however, had made it clear that it had not gone back on the decision to have administrative, legislative and judicial capitals at Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and Kurnool respectively.

The development had come as the High Court was to resume hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the two legislations made in 2020.

After coming to power in 2019, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) had reversed the decision of the previous TDP government to develop Amaravati as the only state capital. This had triggered massive protest from farmers of Amaravati, who had given 33,000 acres of land for the capital and were hoping to reap its economic benefits.

The farmers, women and others have been protesting against the trifurcation for more than 800 days.

Soon after the High Court pronounced its orders on Thursday, celebrations erupted in Amaravati. Farmers hailed the court orders as victory of truth and justice.

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Have new districts pushed Amaravati on back-burner?

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Why has the TDP stopped talking about Amaravati these days? While it is taking up issues such as Kodali Nani’s casinos and the carving out of new districts, the TDP has largely fallen silent on the issue of three capitals and Amaravati. Interestingly, this silence comes after a hugely successful Amaravati farmers’ padayatra from Thullur to Tirupati.

The Yatra was hugely successful and created quite a buzz. The yatra was enthusiastically received all along the route. The local TDP leaders provided the logistic support to the yatra and Chandrababu himself was the chief speaker at the culmination of the yatra in Tirupati. But, soon after, YS Jagan withdrew the 3 capitals bill to buy some time. Since then, the issue has been put in the cold storage.

The focus now has shifted to the carving out of 13 new districts in the state. Identifying and fighting the gerrymandering of the constituencies has become important for the TDP and it is now planning to raise several issues with regard to the new reorganisation. Also, the party is now focusing on rebuilding the party and re-energizing its cadre.

Amid all this, the Amaravati issue appears to have been put on the back burner. One section in the party feels that the party should react only when Jagan makes a move on the three capitals issue. There is also a fear in this section that the party would end up becoming a one-issue party if it only harped on Amaravati. Due to all these, the issue has now been relegated to the background.

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This “hero” is now just a social media ‘tiger’

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In his first term the MLA was known for his work among the people. He stood by them and fought for them. The voters liked him so much that they even rejected a leader like Nara Lokesh and re-elected him. But after winning a second time, the MLA has become completely inactive. Yes. We are talking about once-firebrand Alla Ramakrishna Reddy or RK of Mangalagiri.

The general perception in Mangalagiri these days is that the MLA is confined to social media. He is busy with social media posts but is not doing much on the ground. The voters feel that he is not focusing on development and welfare programmes. This is leading to discontent against RK.

RK had won in 2014 with a majority of just 12 votes. In 2019, he was pitted against TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh. The battle was very intense and hard-fought. But, Alla Ramakrishna Reddy managed to defeat Lokesh by 5337 votes. This was seen as a significant victory and Alla instantaneously became a hero in the eyes of the people.

But, in his second stint, the general perception is that Alla is confined to social media only. He is busy posting pics of himself slogging it out in the farm lands or sipping team in a roadside kiosk. This is angering the people of the area. Mangalagiri is closest to the capital of Amaravati and RK is deafeningly silent on the issue of three-capitals. 

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JD Lakshminarayana joins Amaravati farmers’ yatra, says 3-capitals is a ruinous idea

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Despite several hurdles placed by the ruling party, the padayatra of the Amaravati farmers is continuing. The police are putting restrictions every step of the way. Yet, the yatra is continuing with renewed vigour and enthusiasm. The Yatra is currently in Gudur mandal of Nellore district. On Monday, the yatra resumed after an overnight stay from Vengamambapuram.

On Sunday, the yatra has a surprise visitor in the form of former CBI JD Lakshminarayana. He came to Gudur and joined the yatra. Expressing solidarity with the protesting farmers, who are on a trek to Tirupati, he said the state would register progress only when it has a single capita. He said the job opportunities would grow if there is a single capital. He said the very idea of having three capitals is wrong.

VV Lakshminarayana walked along with the farmers for some distance. Several other leaders from various parties The locals too are extending voluntary support to the yatra. The yatra, which was initially limited to a few villages in the capital area, has now extended to rural areas in several districts.

The yatra would culminate at Tirupati on December 15. The yatra began from Tulluru in the Amaravati capital area on November 1. The yatra is led and participated by the men and women from the Amaravati area with the sole aim of having Amaravati as the only capital of the state.

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Amaravati Farmers’ Yatra: Tents removed, yatris harassed

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The Amaravati farmers’ padayatra “Nyayasthanam to Devasthanam” faced hurdles galore in Sarvepalli mandal of Nellore district. Local YSRCP MLA Kakani Govardhan appears to be hell-bent on disrupting the yatra. On Wednesday, the MLA’s henchmen reportedly put hurdles every step of the way.

On Wednesday, the police obstructed the Yatra and said that the vehicles accompanying the yatra such as the one carrying the deity of Lord Venkateswara were not allowed. The yatris pointed out that these vehicles were accompanying the yatra all through and that there was no point in objecting to them at this stage. Left with no option, the yatris had to stage a sit-in due to which there was a huge traffic jam. Finally, the police relented.

By afternoon, the police removed the tents arranged for the lunch programme near Podalakur. The yatris had to protest again. The police again obstructed the yatra in Taduru. The yatris alleged that Sarvepalli MLA Kakani Govardhan Reddy was obstructing the yatra. They said the yatra was apolitical and had a single demand of keeping Amaravati as the sole capital of the state.

TDP leader S Chandramohan Reddy slammed Govardhan Reddy and alleged that the democratic rights of the peaceful padayatris were being trampled upon. The CPI too strongly criticized the ruling party for putting hurdles in the way of the padayatra. He said that the government was unnerved as the yatra is drawing great response from the people.

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Temporary halt to Amaravati farmers’ yatra due to heavy rains

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With incessant rains giving no respite, the Amaravati farmers yatra – Nyaya Sthanam to Devasthanam – has taken a temporary break. The yatris have decided to stay put in Nellore till the skies become clearer. Like on Sunday, they have given a break on Monday too. If the weather becomes favourable, the yatra is likely to resume from Tuesday, according to the Amaravati JAC, which is leading the yatra from Tulluru to Tirupati.

The Yatra began on November 1 in Tulluru in the Amaravati capital area, and will end on December 15 at Tirupati. On Friday, The Yatra completed 28 days on Saturday. As of now, the yatri’s have camped in the Salivahana Function hall on the outskirts of Nellore city.

The yatris received a shot in the arm as the Jana Sena too has expressed its solidarity. Jana Sena senior leader Nadendla Manohar joined the yatra in Nellore city on Friday and said that his party would not allow the state capital to be moved even an inch from Amaravati. TDP parliamentary constituency incharge Abdul Aziz and assembly constituency incharge Kotamreddy Srinivasulu Reddy too supported the yatra and as a mark of solidarity, walked through the streets of Nellore along with the yatris.

Meanwhile, the BJP too has joined the yatra and extended their support to the Padayatra, which seeks to demand that only Amaravati be made the sole capital of AP.

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Amaravati Yatra to continue despite Jagan’s bill withdrawal move

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Regardless of the AP Government’s decision to withdraw the controversial three-capitals bill, the Amaravati farmers yatra is continuing. The yatris have decided to go ahead with the yatra. After giving rest to the yatra on account of Kartika Somavaram, the yatra began from Konda Bitragunta in Nellore district on Tuesday. Despite the cloudy weather and incessant rains, the yatra is forging ahead.

On Tuesday, the padayatris will cover 15 km and reach Sunnambatti by evening. Tuesday is the 23rd day of the yatra. The Yatra will continue for 45 days. The yatra began on November 1 at Tulluru in Guntur district and will reach Tirupati on December 15. As part of the yatra, the yatris are trying to create awareness about the need to have Amaravati as the sole capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the BJP has entered the fray. Several BJP activists have joined the yatra with their party flags and extended their support to the Padayatra, which seeks to demand that only Amaravati be made the sole capital of AP. BJP leaders like Purandeswari, Ravela Kishore, Sujana Chowdary and CM Ramesh have come out in support of the yatra. Several TDP leaders too have expressed their solidarity with the yatris.

On Monday, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy told the assembly that the government was going to withdraw the 3-capital bill. However, he also clarified that the bill will come back in a different form and that all the legal loopholes would be removed.

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Will Bandi Sanjay soon join Amaravati farmers yatra ?

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The padayatra of Amaravati farmers got a shot in the arm with the BJP leaders and cadres openly joining hands with them. On Sunday, the BJP leaders and cadres joined the padayatra with their party flags. This is the first open demonstration of BJP support to the Amaravati yatra. Significantly, this has come after Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s admonition to the BJP workers. The party has taken an unambiguous stand on the issue.

Now, highly placed sources reveal that Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay is gearing up to support the yatra. He is said to have discussed this issue with party leaders in Telangana. If sources are to be believed, he might soon join the padayatra in Kurnool district to express his solidarity with the farmers of Amaravati. Sources said that that he would speak to his AP counterparts on the issue.

The “Nyayasthanam to Devasthanam” padayatra of the Amaravati farmers has now completed 23 days The 45-day Padayatra will end at Tirupati. The yatris are now in Prakasam district. Though the incessant rain is proving to be a big hindrance, the yatris are forging ahead on their way to Tirupati.

The TDP has already extended its support to the yatra. The TDP leaders are joining the yatra at several places. They are also seen to be extending logistical support to the yatra at different places. In Prakasam district, all the three TDP MLAs are seen actively supporting the yatra. Now, the BJP too is coming forward to extend support.

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Is BJP too joining the Amaravati Padayatra?

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The Amaravati Padayatra saw a new development on Saturday. At a time when the ruling YSRCP is busy trying to dub the padayatris as paid artistes and as TDP sponsored yatris, the BJP has entered the fray. Several BJP activists have joined the yatra with their party flags and extended their support to the Padayatra, which seeks to demand that only Amaravati be made the sole capital of AP.

Even the independent journalists and observers, who studied the yatra, have said that the yatra has considerable public support. The extension of support by the BJP cadres is also being viewed as a significant development. Recently during his visit to Tirupati, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reprimanded the BJP cadre for ignoring the farmers’ yatra. He asked the party workers to join the yatra as a mark of solidarity.

Since then, the BJP workers too have joined the yatra at some places. But, one major problem being faced by the padayatris is the incessant rains. Yet, the yatris are using umbrellas. Despite the problems, the yatra is going on unabated albeit at a slower pace.

In most villages, the people are said to be voluntarily joining the yatra. As on Sunday, the yatra has completed 22 days. Sources say that senior leaders like Sujana Chowdary, CM Ramesh and Purandeswari too are said to be preparing to join the yatra.

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Despite a mishap, Amaravati yatra goes on unabated

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Tragedy struck the Amaravati Maha Padayatra of the farmers of the Amaravati region on Monday. While the yatra was about to reach Chirrikurapadu in Kondapi mandal from Uppalapadu on Monday evening, the cylinder meant to fill gas into the balloons for the padayatra suddenly exploded. One person was killed and two others were grievously injured.

According to the police, a cylinder to fill gas into balloons was being carried in an autorickshaw as part of the yatra. The police said that the pipe developed a small crack causing an explosion. Meda Navin of Vijayawada’s Krishna Lanka, Pakalabattula Bhaskara Rao and sixty-year-old Vinnakota Raghavendra Rao suffered injuries. Later, Raghavendra Rao died while under treatment in the RIMS hospital in Ongole. The police immediately removed the autorickshaw from the convoy.

Meanwhile, the Amaravati farmers yatra is eliciting good response. On Sunday, NRIs from Singapore and the USA joined the yatra and expressed their solidarity with the farmers on a padayatra. Similarly, IT sector employees from Bengaluru, Pune and Hyderabad extended their support to the yatris. Kondepi MLA Dr D Bala Veeranjaneya Swamy expressed his solidarity by walking some distance along with the yatris.

On Monday, the yatra began from Nidamanuru and covered several villages in Kondapi mandal. Kondapi MLA extended his support all through the yatra. The 45-day yatra, which is being organised with the sole demand of keeping Amaravati as the sole capital of Andhra Pradesh, will end in Tirumala.

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Amaravati yatra rebegins after Monday break, Cops slap two cases against farmers

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The Padayatra of the Amaravati farmers is increasingly facing problems from the police. The police are slapping cases on the padayatris. The Prakasam police, who slapped a case on November 7 on the farmers and the women who were on a padayatra from Tulluru to Tirupati opposing YS Jagan’s three-capital formula, have filed another case. The police claim that the padayatris were violating the conditions imposed by the High Court.

Prakasam district superintendent of Police issued a press release accusing the padayatris of violating the covid protocol. The statement said that while the court has permitted 157 persons to undertake the yatra, the actual number is more than 2000. It also said that there were over 500 vehicles, which was a violation of the conditions imposed by the High Court. It said that while only hand mikes were permitted, the padayatris were using loud speakers. The SP said that two cases have been slapped.

Meanwhile, the yatra, which took a break for one day on account of Kartika Somavaram fete, began again from Inkollu in Prakasam district. The yatris, who entered Prakasam district on Saturday, walked for 17 km and reached Inkollu on Sunday. On Monday, they performed special poojas on account of Kartika Somavaram. The yatris said that the total number of those performing the yatra was 157, but they can do nothing if the locals join them to express their solidarity.

The yatra is aimed at highlighting the plight of the Amaravati farmers, who had parted with their lands for the construction of the capital city. However, the YSRCP government has announced that there would be three capitals – the administrative capital in Vizag, legislative capital in Amaravti and the judicial capital in Kurnool. The farmers feel that this was a betrayal of the trust and sacrifice of the Amaravati farmers and want the government to rescind its orders. The yatra will go on for 45 days and would culminate at Tirumala.

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Shock to Jagan govt: AP High Court strikes down FIR against Dammalapati

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The YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy received yet another jolt in AP High Court on Thursday (today) over the issue of alleged insider trading in Amravathi capital lands during TDP regime between 2014 and 2019.

The High Court on Thursday dismissed FIR filed against former AP advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas, his family members and friends.

The Andhra Pradesh ACB filed cases against Dammalapati Srinivas and his family member stating that they indulged in insider trading by purchasing lands in Amaravathi for cheaper rates from farmers after obtaining prior information from TDP government that it will announce Amaravathi as new capital for AP.

However, Srinivas challenged these orders in the High Court. The High Court issued stay orders. But again, YSRCP government approached Supreme Court on this issue. The Supreme Court too dismissed the petition stating that there was no insider trading in Amaravathi lands and directed High Court to complete hearing on this case within a month.

Following this, the AP High Court delivered verdict today dismissing FIR filed against Srinivas.

The High Court permitted Srinivas to initiate legal proceedings against ACB for framing him in this issue by filing false cases against him and causing mental agony.

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Jagan’s yet another deadly blow to Amaravathi

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is on a mission to put an end to Amaravathi capital city as early as possible.

In yet another crucial decision towards goal, the Jagan government on Wednesday (today) issued orders creating Mangalagiri-Tadepalli municipal corporation (MTMC).

Mangalagiri and Tadepalli fall under Amaravathi capital region.

By making it a municipal corporation, Jagan government gave enough hints that Amaravathi will be confined as a municipal corporation and not as a capital city.

There is already Guntur municipal corporation in Amaravathi. The Jagan government has created a new municipal corporation in the name of MTMC on par with Amaravathi by merging 21 surrounding villages.

With this, Amaravathi capital region lost its importance further as it was bifurcated as two municipal corporations.

Amaravathi will now be known just as a municipal corporation along with Guntur municipal corporation and MTMC.

The latest orders of Jagan government are being viewed as sounding death knell to Amaravathi capital city yet again.

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Amaravati is the right of Andhra people: Chandrababu Naidu

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Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday said that Amaravati is the right of Andhra people and called upon all to fight for it.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president participated in a road show as part of the party’s campaign in Vijayawada Municipal Corporation elections.

Naidu said at least one person from every house should come forward to fight for continuing Amaravati as the state capital.

The leader of opposition said people of Vijayawada should move ahead with a clear plan and fight for Amaravati. He said the fight to save Amaravati as the only state capital is a people’s fight.

“Amaravati is not for me. It’s for the people,” said Naidu, who recalled that farmers gave their land for building the state capital.

Naidu urged people to elect TDP candidate as Vijayawada mayor. He called for putting an end to what he called the tyranny of the ruling YSR congress Party (YSRCP).

A total of 347 candidates are in the fray for the elections to Vijayawada Municipal Corporation scheduled to be held on March 10. The number of municipal wards has gone up from 59 to 64.

The YSRCP has fielded candidates in all the wards while TDP, which has an alliance with CPI, is contesting 57 seats. The CPI has fielded candidates in six wards.

The BJP fielded candidates in 22 wards, while the Jana Sena Party candidates are contesting in 41 wards.

The Congress fielded candidates in 34 wards, CPI-M in 22 wards and BSP is contesting in two wards.

Meanwhile, Vijayawada Police Commissioner B. Srinivasulu said that police are making fool-proof arrangements for a smooth conduct of the elections scheduled to be held on March 10.

He said that the department is deploying about 3,000 police personnel for the peaceful conduct of elections in Vijayawada. The commissioner said that 1,870 rowdy-sheeters were bound over.

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HC quashes atrocities cases against Amaravati farmers

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh is giving blow after blow to the Jaganmohan Reddy Government. Today also, the court struck down yet another case filed against the Amaravati farmers. This was pertaining to the SC, ST atrocities that were filed against the SC farmers of Krishnayapalem village in the Capital city area.

The respondents’ lawyer argued before the court that the atrocities cases should be filed only when the SC, STs were attacked by other castes or communities. In this case, the police filed the atrocities cases against the SC farmers. This was quite unheard of in the past that such cases could be filed.

Only yesterday, the HC gave a verdict that no insider trading took place in the Amaravati lands. Even after the change of the Chief Justice of AP, one by one adverse orders were being given against the cases and decisions of the Jagan regime.

Soon, the cases relating to the shifting of Capital infrastructure will also come up before the High Court.

Analysts say that the farmers’ petitions were strong in respect of their agreements reached with the Government for the development of the Capital. Tough days are ahead for the Jagan regime with all these cases coming up before the court in a row.

The AP Government is approaching the Supreme Court on all these cases but the future is uncertain whether the CM could get final approval for Capital shifting.

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Would Jagan rule go to Supreme Court on ‘insider trading’?

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The Jaganmohan Reddy Government has made it a ritual to approach the Supreme Court of India on all adverse orders of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. It had happened in respect of the YCP colours, English medium, State Election Commissioner, etc. Today, once again, the High Court struck down the Jagan regime’s insider trading charges that were made against Chandrababu Naidu and TDP leaders in the Amaravati Capital lands.
Analysts are asking whether the CM would once again go to the Supreme Court on the insider trading issue as well. Interestingly, this time, the High Court summarily rejected the CID cases saying that the insider trading allegations would not be applicable to any of the sections of the IPC.

With this, it was proved that the Chief Minister, his Ministers and MLAs have been making false allegations against the TDP leaders on this count. Now, the YCP leaders can no longer give ‘insider trading’ as the reason for their shifting the AP Capital from Amaravati to Visakhapatnam. This is the only major reason that the CM has used to whip up feelings among the people to support his Capital shifting task all these days.

Legal experts say that if the AP Government would still go to the Supreme Court on insider trading, that would make it look absurd. The High Court had made it clear that the insider trading charges cannot be booked under the IPC.

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