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Jagan presses for 3 capitals, says Amaravati is only one part of AP

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Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday asserted that decentralization is the only way for all round development. He further said, ‘From setting up of village and ward secretariats to doubling the districts to 26, we have all seen the wonders of decentralization. In fact, today Andhra is leading by example because of our government’s doorstep delivery of services. Even during calamities, the welfare delivery mechanism has worked effectively because of this very reason.’

The chief minister spoke in the Assembly on the first day during the short discussion on decentralisation of governance. He said that Visakhapatnam would be developed as the capital on par with other capitals with an investment of less than Rs 10,000 crore. He further said that this investment is less than 10 per cent of the estimate of the previous government to build the perceived capital city in Amaravati.

Elaborating further, Jagan said, ‘The State, in our view, is the entire stretch of 1.62 lakh sq km and not just the 8 km stretch of Amaravati. The state consists of 3.96 crore acres and not just 50,000 acres. The state is not just about farmers in Amaravati but also about all those who are Rythu Bharosa beneficiaries.’

The Chief Minister criticised the Opposition and ‘Yellow Media’ and dubbed their hue and cry as nothing but a sham and sheer opportunism. He said, ‘This so-called protest is not for the development of SCs, STs, BCs or Minorities but to safeguard the interests of the wealthy class.’ Attacking the Opposition further, Jagan said,

‘There isn’t much of a difference between the State budget of the previous and the current government then why didn’t the previous government launch programmes like Amma Vodi, YSR Asara, Cheyutha, Rythu Bharosa and give Rs 1.65 lakh crores DBT (direct benefit transfer) under various schemes? We have been able to do this because of our sheer commitment and priority. While welfare of the weaker sections is our priority, the welfare of only a section of society is the priority of Chandrababu Naidu,’ Jagan asked.

The chief minister said, ‘the Gang of Four has been spreading false notions and wants to concentrate on development in only one region and that’s why they are writing highly biased and opinionated stories.’

Jagan Mohan Reddy said that ‘Decentralization policy has been adopted by the Government and will be implemented efficiently. I am not against any region. I am not saying I will take anything away from Amaravati but two more capitals will be added for the development of other regions too.’

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Villagers oppose municipality proposal in Amaravati

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The villagers of the Amaravati capital villages have opposed the state government’s proposal to create a municipality with Amaravati as headquarters. The district collector conducted grama sabhas in Lingayapalem and Uddandarayunipalem villages on the first day on Monday.

At Lingayapalem, there 79 villagers who attended the public hearing in the grama sabha of whom 78 persons have opposed the proposal, while one person welcomed it. In Uddandarayunipalem village, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for Amaravati in 2016, the entire village opposed the move.

The officials have to complete the exercise in the next five days by holding grama sabhas in 22 villages. The exercise was taken up to create Amaravati Municipality with 19 villages of Thulluru mandal and three villages of Mangalagiri mandal.

Earlier, in 2021, the state government had proposed for creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation with 22 villages, against the 29 villages which were part of the Amaravati capital city. The villagers wanted the government to create a municipal corporation with all the 29 villages, which were notified earlier.

However, the state government had merged some villages in the Tadepalli-Mangalagiri Municipal Corporation, which was created early in 2021. The state government had merged the two municipalities of Tadepalli and Managalagiri and created a new municipal corporation. This is the second municipal corporation in the CRDA limits after the Vijayawada and Guntur municipal corporations.

It is now to be seen how the villagers handle the government’s move and how the state government makes its next move.

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Govt begins work on creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation

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The Andhra Pradesh government had started the groundwork for creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation with 29 villages, which were earlier part of the Amaravati capital city plan by the previous TDP government.

This is the second attempt by the present government to create a municipal corporation here giving urban recognition to these villages. The villages are under the Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department. The YSR Congress government wanted to bring them under the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department, by creating a municipal corporation with 22 villages.

The government also conducted grama sabhas to elicit the views of the people from these villages. However, the villages passed resolutions in favour of creation of a municipal corporation with all 29 villages and opposed withdrawal of seven villages from the list.

The state government had created a new municipal corporation by merging both Tadepalli and Mangalagiri municipalities last year. The government also took four villages from the 29 capital villages list and included them in the Tadepalli-Mangalagiri Municipal Corporation.

However, the farmers of Amaravati, who have been holding protests for the past 750 days have opposed the government move to create a municipal corporation with only 22 villages against 29 villages identified earlier as the capital villages.

Though there are resolutions from all these villages on the issue, the state government had once again directed the Guntur district collector to hold grama sabhas and collect public opinion on the creation of Amaravati Municipal Corporation.

It is to be seen how the Amaravati farmers would react to the attempt by the government for the second time in the last two years.

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AP Teachers Celebrate Teachers Day with Heavy Hearts

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The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book, is the saying. But, the teachers in Andhra Pradesh are participating in the Teachers’ Day celebrations with heavy hearts. The teachers working in the government schools have been demanding the State government to allow them to work freely and to teach the students in a tension free atmosphere in the class rooms. The teaching faculty in the schools pushing two issues mainly, including freedom in teaching and their rights.

The Andhra Pradesh Teachers’ Federation (APTF) has announced that it would not participate in the Teachers’ Day celebrations being organized by the State government, opposing introduction of multiple mobile applications and problems pertaining to their payments and arrears.

Speaking to this correspondent, G. Hrudaya Raju, President, president, APTF explained that they have decided not to participate in the celebrations being organized by the State government on the one hand and refuse taking awards announced to teachers. He said that they feel proud if the government allow them to teach the lessons to students in the classrooms without any unnecessary burden on them. He also maintained that the government did not address their salary and pension related issues, including abolition of CPS, clearing arrears related to pension schemes, pending DAs and others. He said that the government mandated teachers to use 16 mobile applications for various purposes like students’ attendance, teachers’ attendance, Midday meal supply, toilets cleanliness and the list goes on. In addition to that, the government forced teachers to use their personal mobiles, instead providing the relevant electronic gadgets for all these official works, which they felt as an insult to them, Hrudaya Raju added.

To update the information on these newly introduced mobile applications, the teachers in the class room are losing almost entire first period, which is 45 minutes. That is very crucial for each teacher in the class room. If the teacher could not spend time on teaching the subject, then how could a student understand the syllabus?, he questioned.

The APTF informed that, the apps introduced by the government in our school level are including: IMMS App, Student attendance app, JVK app, Diksha App, Academic monitoring app, Read along app, ACPL FM 220 RD app, Consistent Rhythms app, School attendance app, Mantra RD app, AP Tells app, MBNN app, Baseline test app and Facial recognition app.

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Soldier Surya Commits Suicide as Local Police Threaten Losing Army Job, Over a Love Issue: TDP Alleges

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The TDP MLA Yeluri Sambasiva Rao has demanded the Director General of Police to take immediate action on the police officials, who were responsible for the suicide of a Telugu Soldier at Mulaganivaripalem village, Chinaganjam in Bapatla district, in a letter on Wednesday. He alleged that due to harassment of certain local police officials and ruling party leaders, Akkala Suryaprakash Reddy, 25, committed suicide.

He explained that Suryaprakash joined in the Indian Army during 2019 and serving for the country since then. He fell in love with a girl from the same village, which was opposed by her parents. Further, her father Vijayabhaskar Reddy and others lodged a fake complaint at Chinaganjam police station, against Surya Prakash Reddy that he was harassing her. The police filed the case under sections 447, 354(A), 506 of IPC, without even primary investigation. Further, based on that case, Ranganath Babu, Circle Inspector of Police of Inkollu repeatedly called Surya Prakash Reddy over phone and threatened him that he would face consequences and would be put in the jail. With this development, Surya Prakash Reddy committed suicide in New Delhi, where he was working for the nation, explained the TDP leader in the letter.

The TDP MLA demanded the Director General of Police to inquire into the issue with SP rank officer and punish the culprits.

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Jagan govt to lease Amaravati towers?

Having decided to sell some pieces of land in Amaravati to get some revenue to the state exchequer, the YSR Congress government is said to be planning to lease out some of the buildings in Amaravati area. Though not completed, the previous TDP government under Chandrababu Naidu tenure had started more than a dozen buildings in Amaravati.

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government had stopped all the construction work immediately after coming to power in 2019. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had got a clear report on the status of each of these buildings. He resumed the construction work on some of the buildings which were completed beyond 75 per cent.

These buildings were completed and some of them are ready to occupy while there are another dozen such buildings completed nearly 50 per cent. These were all proposed to be the residential and office complexes for the IAS officers, government officials and employees.

While finishing the work on buildings which were completed beyond 75 per cent in the TDP regime, the government is said to be planning to lease out those which are completed 50 per cent of the work.

According to sources, the government is planning to lease out such buildings to educational institutions and hospitals. This would make the area busy as people keep visiting the area. The government had already started the work on completing the seed access road and laying a second road along the flood bank along the river.

These two roads would give better access to the area once they are occupied either by the private or the government offices.

However, it is to be seen how the high court would respond to this decision of the government as the court in March had directed the state government to complete all the works to make Amaravati the capital of the state.

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Lokesh slams Jagan bid to sell ‘Capital smasanam’

TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh on Sunday accused Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy of hatching non-stop conspiracies to destroy the Amaravati Capital City.

Nara Lokesh asked how Jagan Reddy could put up Amaravati lands for sale at Rs. 10 Cr per acre after his Government called the Capital City region just a ‘smasanam’ (cremation ground).

Lokesh recalled how the ruling YSRCP Ministers and MLAs carried out a nefarious campaign against AP Capital. They said that Amaravati was prone to earthquakes and that the Capital city lands were vulnerable to floods.

Lokesh said that Jagan and his party leaders spread a vicious information propaganda against the mother-like Amaravati Capital. Now, the same YCP leaders were trying to sell Amaravati lands at a very high value. There seemed to be no end to the scheming and plotting of Jagan Reddy against the State and its Capital city.

The TDP for different reasons had invested mostly in Amaravati, both in terms of money and votes. It thought that Amaravati would help retain the power given the extensive publicity that was accorded to the unbuilt city.

Unfortunately, the TDP was defeated badly in Amaravati Capital city area, though it gained some victory in the Capital Region area. It had won two MP seats – Vijayawada and Guntur – which is Amaravati capital region area, but lost in Mangalagiri and Tadikonda, both are Amaravati capital city area.

Since the TDP had been keeping the Amaravati issue alive and had been fighting for it from 2019, it is to be seen if the city would resurrect the party to power in the next election.

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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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