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Jagan using ‘Maya Maschindra’ gimmicks against Capital?

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The spotlight has once again turned on ‘Amaravati’ as YCP Minister Botsa Satyanarayana is indicating Capital shifting in the next two to three months. Against this backdrop, analysts started once again focusing attention on what CM Jagan is going to do this time to outsmart the courts and Chandrababu Naidu. Amid these political speculations, ABN Radha Krishna came out with startling news on what the YCP leaders are doing in Delhi to gain an upper hand on the Capital city issues.

In his latest Weekend Comment, RK asks whether it is not true that Jagan Reddy has offered Rs. 1 Cr every day to a Supreme Court lawyer in Delhi if he does not argue on behalf of the Amaravati farmers. This offer is made as long as Amaravati cases are argued in the court. Also, unlike any other State, the AP CM has been making sure that huge payments shall be made more in hard cash rather than cheques to the Delhi lawyers who were arguing for the AP Government in countless cases nowadays. While Jagan is managing the lawyers thus, it is unfortunate that he is repeatedly accusing Chandrababu Naidu of managing the courts.

This time, RK has used pungent comments to object to the methods of Jagan to outfox the TDP and Amaravati farmers. RK has said that Jagan Reddy has even beaten ‘Maya Maschindra’ in cheating people with his non-stop untruths and half truths. The fact is that the Amaravati farmers filed cases in the courts. The Supreme Court and the High Court disapproved of the conveyance deeds brought by Jagan regime to enable house site beneficiaries to sell plots after five years. But, Jagan is saying that Chandrababu has managed courts and obstructed house sites distribution to the poor.

The question remains whether Jagan would be able to use his ‘Maya Maschindra’ gimmicks to achieve his plans by outwitting rivals finally. So many cases are pending in the courts but the YCP is confident of shifting Amaravati by Ugadi.

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Isn’t move to shift capital a mindless act: HC

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The Andhra Pradesh High Court has made serious observations on Jagan government’s move to shift capital from Amaravati to Vizag.

The High Court questioned the government counsel if shifting of capital from Amaravati to Vizag, not a mindless act. “Crores of money has been spent on the creation of capital in Amaravati. Is shifting of the capital not mindless,” the HC asked the government counsel.

Further, the HC observed that there was a growing criminalization of politics in Andhra Pradesh and there was an urgent need to curb it. “There is a need to save institutions from politicians with a criminal background,” the HC observed.

The HC was hearing a petition on the arrest of former Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu at the Vizag airport. In March 2020, the court had pulled Director General of Police Gautam Sawang as to why the police served notices under Section 151 of the CrPC on Chandrababu Naidu when he visited Visakhapatnam as part of his Praja Chaitanya Yatra and why no action was taken against the officers who violated the law in issuing the notices.

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Maintain status quo on capital issue: HC

The Jagan Mohan Reddy government’s plan of creating three capitals for the state continues to hang in balance with the Andhra Pradesh high court on Monday extending the status quo on continuing Amaravati as the state capital.

The petitioners questioned the violation of agreement made by AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) with the farmers, deviation of master plan in the state capital region and lack of creation of infrastructure facilities in the region. The petitioners challenged the Jagan government’s proposed move to create three capitals – executive, legislative and judicial capitals at Vishakhapatnam, Amaravati and Kurnool respectively.

State Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan had already given his consent to the two crucial bills – the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (Repeal) Bill, 2020.

The High Court bench directed the state government to maintain status quo till that time. On August 25, the Supreme Court refused relief to the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh after it made an appeal for lifting the status quo order by the High Court on the two news laws for its three capital plan.

On its part, the central government has made its stand clear that it has no role to play in capital creation and that it is a state subject. The central government had also filed a counter affidavit in the High Court to put forth its arguments on the capital creation issue.

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Principal seat of HC need not be in state’s capital city: Union Home Ministry

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While the Union Home Ministry made its stand clear on the three capitals issue that the central government has no role to play, it has also submitted before the High Court that the notification of the President’s Order on the constitution of a separate High Court for Andhra Pradesh, with the principal seat at Amaravati, could not be construed as the Central government’s decision to declare Amaravati as the capital of the state.

In an additional affidavit submitted before the Andhra Pradesh High Court, the Union Home Ministry contended that the principal seat of the HC need not be the capital city of the state. The HC heard a batch of petitions filed by various stakeholders seeking that the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Act, 2020, be declared as ultra vires to the Constitution of India. Earlier, the had directed the state government to maintain status quo on the AP Capital Region Development Authority (Repeal) Act, 2020, bill. The HC posted the case for further hearing to September 21.

Further, the Union Home Ministry also submitted before the court that the capital city of the state is decided by the respective state government. “The Central government has no role in it,” the Centre stated in its additional affidavit.

“Section 94 (3) and (4) of the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, only provides for financial assistance by the Central government to the state of Andhra Pradesh for creation of essential facilities in their new capital and to further facilitate de-notification of degraded forest land, if necessary, for the same. The provision only talks about providing financial assistance by the Central Government for the new capital as chosen by the state and not for deciding a capital by the Central government,” the MHA pointed out.

Interestingly, the Union Home Ministry also pointed out that the based on the notification of the previous Andhra Pradesh government announcing Amaravati as the state capital, the Survey of India had incorporated Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh in the latest political map of India (English 9th Edition 2019 and Hindi 6th Edition 2020).

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Jagan to unfurl national flag in Vijayawada

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AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has been in a hurry to go and run his administration from Visakhapatnam. That has been meeting with one hurdle or another in the form of local body polls, Coronavirus, courts, etc. CM Jagan is not able to shift the Capital immediately even though the Central Government and AP BJP leaders have announced they have no role to stop 3 Capitals. Amid this, the CM’s wish to unfurl the Tricolour Flag at Visakhapatnam on coming August 15 is not being fulfilled.

The High Court has ordered a status quo on the Capital shifting process till August 14. This has tied up the hands of the YSRCP government. As a result, all the previous orders given for making arrangements for the Independent Day celebrations at Vizag were now cancelled. The administration and YSRCP leaders planned for a big celebration as a mark of their victory over the Amaravati agitators and also the Opposition parties.

Initially, there were doubts whether an adamant CM would go ahead with the I-Day celebrations on August 15 since the status quo would be there till August 14 only. However, the questions arose what would happen if the court extended the status quo. Given the countless petitions being filed against Capital shifting, the Government is expected to face serious hurdles from the court.

Now, realising its helplessness, the YSRCP Government has issued orders once again to conduct I-Day celebrations at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium in Vijayawada.

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Not a correct time for 3 Capitals due to Covid, says Pawan

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On the AP Governor’s approval to 3 Capitals, Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan has given his belated reaction in a very low-profile manner. It is unlike his usual aggressive style. He simply says this is not the correct time for the Jagan Reddy regime to press forward with the trifurcation. Coronavirus situation is deteriorating day by day. The people were facing lots of hardships. At such a time, the Government should focus on relief and treatment for the patients and also preventive measures.

Senani has neither condemned the Governor’s approval nor announced his party support for the Amaravati JAC’s agitation. Moreover, Pawan Kalyan is just looking at Amaravati shifting as more a problem of the local farmers rather than something that would endanger the future generations of Andhra Pradesh. He says that had the TDP regime limited Amaravati Capital development to just 3,500 acres, this problem would not have arisen now. The Amaravati farmers would not have been thrown into a pitiful situation of coming onto the roads with tearful eyes. A smaller Capital City area with scope for natural development in its surroundings would have been the most ideal model rather than the massive plan.

Pawan said his party’s future plan would be taken after the party political affairs committee discusses the farmers’ issue. Analysts say Pawan will only maintain a low-profile considering the fact that his partner, BJP, has taken a clear stand not to question the Governor’s approval to the Capitals bills.

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Centre has no role, three capitals is state subject: BJP

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After the Governor gave his assent to the three capitals bills, BJP leaders on Friday asserted that the Andhra Pradesh government’s plan to set up three capitals does not have the central government’s approval.

Talking to media persons at a separate conference, newly appointed state BJP president Somu Veerraju and party MP G V L Narasimha Rao said the decision to choose a capital is completely a state subject and the central government has no role to play in it. “The Union government will not interfere in it. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had decided to develop Amaravati against the recommendations of the Siva Rama Krishna Committee.”

Both the leaders stated that the BJP had passed a resolution in its core committee meeting in favour of Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh and same had been forwarded to the party and the central government. Trashing allegations that the central government had played a critical role in the entire matter, G V L Narasimha Rao said, “It is a constitutional process and the central government has no role in it.”

While asserting the BJP stand that the Amaravati should be the capital as the central government had released ₹2,500 crore for capital construction in Amaravati, Rao reiterated that the party will not oppose the Andhra Pradesh government’s proposal to create judicial capital in Rayalaseema. “We welcome the Andhra Pradesh government’s plan to set up the judicial system in Kurnool, but our stand on Amaravati remains. In our manifesto, we had clearly stated that the High Court should be set up in Rayalaseema. On that front, we have no two opinions,” Narasimha Rao said.

Somu Veerarju also pointed out that the three-capital formation is the decision of the YSRCP government. However, he assured that the BJP will not go back on its stand on Amaravati as the capital. “We will stand by the farmers,” he said.

Meanwhile, farmers in Amaravati are caught in political crosshairs. At least 28,000 farmers pooled their land towards the construction of the city of Amaravati as part of the previous TDP government’s Land Pooling Scheme (LPS). During the TDP regime, at least 35,000 acres of land were acquired for capital creation in Amaravati. Today, the farmers are protesting over the last 230 days ever since Andhra Pradesh announced creation of three capitals – Vizag as executive, Kurnool as judicial and Amaravati as legislative. As a matter of fact, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself laid the foundation stone for Amaravati.

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TDP dares Jagan to seek ‘fresh mandate’ on Capital shifting

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TDP former MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao on Friday asserted that the people of Andhra Pradesh would get justice in the courts of law even though the AP Governor signed the two Capital shifting bills despite the blatant Constitutional violations resorted to by the YSRCP Government in this regard. He said the Governor-approved bills would not stand in the court as they were in utter violation of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014 and only aimed at creating regional differences and disturbances to divide people along political lines.

The TDP leader questioned the Constitutionality of the bills and challenged Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to seek a fresh mandate. The CM should go for re-election immediately if he was so confident of the public approval of his decision to create 3 Capitals. The CM himself gave his nod for Amaravati as the one and only Capital City for AP prior to the 2019 election. As Opposition leader at that time, Mr. Jagan Reddy said on the floor of the Assembly that he was accepting Amaravati as Capital to avoid regional differences but now he took a total U-turn on this.

Mr. Bonda Uma dared the YSRCP to dissolve the Assembly and face fresh elections on the plank of creating 3 Capitals for the State. When Jagan Reddy could not finish Amaravati Capital, where 80 percent of works were already completed, it was highly doubtful that the CM could construct 3 Capitals now. In the past 14 months, Jagan Reddy has not spent a single rupee for development of Visakhapatnam and Rayalaseema. Nobody has any confidence in his leadership any more. The CM has taken a Tughlaq decision to shift Capital and stick to that without realising the injustice that he is going to do to the people of the State.

The TDP leader appealed to the AP people to see through the vicious plans of Mr. Jagan Reddy who was hell bent on providing regional feelings in North Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. Over 34,000 farmers sacrificed their ancestral lands for the construction of Amaravati Capital but this CM has not recognised their sacrifice till now. Over Rs. 10,000 Cr was spent on Amaravati works already but the CM has no heart to accept its rich potential to emerge as a global city in future.

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Did Governor Bishwabhushan Harichandan acted out of bias

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In a tearing hurry, Governor Bishwabhushan Harichandan on Friday approved the two controversial bills — the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Bill and APCRDA Repeal Bill paving the way for creating three capitals in the state.

This isn’t the first time that a governor of a state has acted in a partisan and biased manner. In no way will it be the last, either.

Earlier, the Governor had passed an ordinance promulgated to reduce the State Election Commissioner’s term to three from five years. The Governor had given his assent to remove Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as SEC. He gave his assent even as the case was sub-judice with at least three petitions pending in the Andhra Pradesh High Court. The next day, the Andhra Pradesh government had appointed 75-year-old retired judge Kangaraju who later met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan.

However, the High Court had reinstated Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar despite the Governor passing the Ordinance promulgated by the Andhra Pradesh government. In a way, the High Court verdict was not just a blow to the Andhra Pradesh government, but a huge embarrassment to the Governor.

This time, the Governor gave his assent to the two controversial bills even as the matter is pending in the High Court. However, the Governor stated that he approved the two Bills after thorough consultations with legal experts. The Governor’s move gains significance as the matter is sub-judice, pending before the High Court.

The same story is likely to repeat again, mostly likely his decision will prove to be a historical blunder. The Governor’s assent will be open to legal challenge and stand before the courts. However, his assent to the two Bills should not come as a surprise as the Governor while addressing the Assembly session via video-conference from Raj Bhavan had clearly stated that the creation of three capitals will be a reality. The Governor’s statement from Raj Bhavan comes even as the matter was pending in the High Court.

The Governor has approved the bills notwithstanding a demand by the Opposition parties to refer them to President Ram Nath Kovind. Both the Bills were passed in the Assembly in January and introduced in the Council, while the chairman referred them to the Select Committee. The two Bills require deeper examination.

The bills were halted in the Assembly for the second time as the session was suspended amid pandemonium. Telugu Desam Party has requested the Governor not to give assent to the two Bills as the Legislative Council had disapproved the state government policy in this regard.

The Governor’s nod should also not come as a surprise for another reason: Governors in the country are too well-known to have acted in a partisan fashion and served the agendas of parties they belonged to or are closer to.

The governor is appointed by the President who acts on the advice of the Council of Ministers at the Centre as per Article 74 of the Constitution. In essence, the governor is chosen by the government of the day. Therefore, Governors are explicitly or implicitly political appointees.

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AP Governor approves Capital shifting bills

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After a gap of 10 days, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan has finally signed on the two controversial bills relating to the Capital City shifting in the State. With this, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy has got a big boost for his efforts to shift the AP Executive Capital to Visakhapatnam. Amaravati will be the Legislative Capital while Kurnool will be the Judicial Capital.

Lot of controversy was surrounding the Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill and the CRDA Repeal Bill. These were aimed at achieving the CM’s goal for 3 Capitals for AP. Reports say that the Governor has taken legal experts’ opinion before signing on the bills. So much time was taken for approving the bills in view of the pending court cases and also allegations from the Opposition that the bills were unconstitutional and unlawful.

It is not yet clear whether the Government would send the bills now to the President’s approval or not. The TDP has been demanding that the bills be sent to the Central Government as they were in violation of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.

On their party, the YCP Ministers and MLAs have been saying that all is clear for shifting Executive Capital to Visakhapatnam. Once the Covid-19 intensity came down, the Capital would be shifted out of Amaravati.

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Pawan prediction: 3 Capitals will remain an unfulfilled dream

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Jana Senani Pawan Kalyan has poured out his thoughts in his own inimitable style on the fate of 3 Capitals being pursued by CM Jaganmohan Reddy. He said that both Jagan Reddy’s trifurcation and Chandrababu Naidu’s Amaravati Global Capital City sounded like dreams. Everybody has seen how Amaravati concept has eventually fallen into an unpredictable crisis. The fate of Jagan Reddy’s multiple capitals would be no different. Senani has finally predicated that the 3 Capitals dream will not come true and it will do down in Andhra history as yet another unfulfilled dream.

As is well known, Power Star comes out with powerful thoughts on the burning issues. He was initially silent in the beginning of the current protests against the Capital bills. But now, he is making no secret of his disappointment and displeasure at Jagan Reddy’s policy. Senani was telling the CM that if he had this multiple Capitals proposal, he would have told the people at the time of elections. If Jagan Reddy did not want Amaravati, he should have made it known prior to the elections itself. It Jagan said this at that time, the farmers would not have risked their property and they would not have given their lands.

In the opinion of Pawan, it is too late for the YSRCP to venture into such an unimplementable task of shifting Capital. It is not correct to punish the innocent farmers who got caught in the crossfire between the YSRCP and the TDP. The farmers have sacrificed thousands of their ancestral lands. It involves thousands of stakeholders. The government cannot look at this like a trivial issue. The YSRCP is bound to face more and more problems if it is adamant in this respect.

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PMO enquires about three capitals bill

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In a significant development, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Thursday enquired about the two crucial and controversial Bills related to three Capitals formation and CRDA Repeal.

The Jagan government presented to Governor Bishwabhushan Harichandan the two bills on the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) and the formation of three capitals for his assent. The PMO sought detailed information on the crucial bills.

The bills, highly opposed by all the Opposition parties, were created to make executive capital at Visakhapatnam and judicial capital at Kurnool, while making the present capital, Amaravati, as the legislative capital.

The PMO’s enquiry comes in the wake of anxiety among the people of Andhra Pradesh over the Governor’s decision over the Bills. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation for the capital in Amaravati when N Chandrababu Naidu was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. The central government and several Hindu organisations are upset over the Jagan government’s proposed move to create three capitals. They have decried the bills as an attack on Hinduism.

While the YSRCP leaders were confident that the Governor would give his assent and Presidential nod, Bishwabhushan Harichandan seems to be in no hurry to pass the Bills. The Governor had to face an embarrassment in Nimmagada Ramesh Kumar case when he passed an ordinance promulgated by the Andhra Pradesh to reduce the SEC term to three years from five years. Once bitten twice shy, the Governor is likely to refer the two Bills to President Ram Nath Kovind after a thorough legal examination.

YSRCP ‘rebel’ YSRCP Lok Sabha member Raghurama Krishna Raju had recently met President Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a memorandum to him with an appeal to intervene in the three capitals issues.

He had urged the President to ensure that Amaravati be retained as the capital as per the wishes of the people of Andhra Pradesh. He appealed to the President to press upon the Governor not to give his assent to the two Bills. Amaravati joint action committee chairman G V R Sastry also met the President on the issue.

On Thursday, in an ominous message to the Jagan government, actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan warned of a mass movement in Andhra Pradesh centred around the ongoing agitation in Amaravati likening it to Nandigram agitation in West Bengal.

On several occasions, former chief minister and TDP president Chandrababu Naidu decried the proposed move to create three capitals stating that the bifurcation act passed by the Parliament suggested ‘one Capital’ for AP, and that the two bills under consideration were brought in violation of the country’s established Parliamentary traditions.

The state Assembly had already passed the two crucial Bills and sent them to the council where there was a stalemate on whether or not they should be sent to the select committee.

The Opposition leaders, mainly the TDP, termed the two bills unconstitutional since they were not passed nor cleared by the Select Committee in the Legislative Council so far.

Thousands of farmers from 29 villages gave away over 35,000 acres of land for capital creation in Amaravati during the TDP regime. However, the YSRCP government led by Jagan Mohan Reddy announced shifting of the capital from Amaravti to Vizag, a move that triggered protests from the farmers who gave away their land for formation of capital in Amaravati.

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Assembly passes CRDA bill minus Opposition members

The three capitals issue again came into the spotlight.

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed eight crucial bills including the Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Bill 2020 and the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Bill 2020, the first steps the ruling YSRCP dispensation took in decentralizing the state’s capital between Amaravati, Visakhapatnam and Kurnool. Currently, the issue is pending in the Andhra Pradesh High Court. Despite this, the state government got the two bills passed in the Assembly.

The two bills were introduced in the two-day assembly session to decentralize the state’s capital and replace the APCRDA with the AMDA. Both have been passed as the ruling government enjoys a majority of 151 in the 175-member Assembly. However, it has only nine members in the legislative council, out of 58, while the TDP enjoys a majority of 28 there. But with the TDP boycotting the Assembly on Wednesday, the bills were passed without any protest. In the first Assembly session after YSRCP rode to power, the Andhra Pradesh government’s proposal to trifurcate the capital was stalled by TDP with its majority in the council.

Earlier, Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan ascertained that the Andhra Pradesh government was committed to create three capitals terming the decision as “wise” even as the decision was challenged in the High Court by the Amaravati farmers. Addressing a joint sitting of the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly via video conference from Raj Bhavan, the Governor said the Andhra Pradesh government took a prudent decision to three capitals – Executive at Visakhapatnam, Legislative at Amaravati, and Judiciary at Kurnool.

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PTI report confirms Jagan bid to shift AP Capital

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The Press Trust of India, the country’s premier news agency, put out a story today saying that Jagan Circar is planning to shift AP Capital to Vizag on May 26. The agency quoted a highly placed source in the government for its story. This story is published in several English dailies. It says that the government is considering May 22 as the day when the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2020 to become a law. This is because the four month statutory period ends on May 22. The gap is created because of the legislative roadblock in the AP Legislative Council.

Apparently, the Jagan Reddy government is sending out all indications that it is determined to shift Capital come what may. It is also not bothered to care about the Selection Committees of the Council. So far, these committees are not appointed by the Council Secretary though the Chairman has given orders for the same. But, the government, which created crisis in Council, now is maintaining that non-appointment of Selection Committees is an internal failure of Council.

Analysts say that Jagan Circar is expressly preparing to shift Secretariat and HoDs offices by considering Decentralisation Bill deemed to be a Law on May 22.

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Impasse over 3-capital plan continues in Andhra

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Impasse over Bills pertaining to the Andhra three-capital plan continues between the state government and the Legislative Council.

Council Chairman M.A. Shariff had referred the two Bills to a select committee. The AP Legislature Secretary returned the file to Shariff two days ago saying the House panel couldn’t be constituted as due procedures were not followed in referring the Bills to the committee.

The Bills are the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Bill, 2020, and the Repealing the APCRDA Act Bill. The government proposes to retain Amaravati as the legislative capital, while making Visakhapatnam the home for executives and Kurnool the judicial capital.

Taking exception, Shariff has reportedly asked the Secretary to set up the committee immediately and send him the compliance report. He is said to be exploring all options if the Secretary continued to defy the order.

The opposition parties have also slammed the Secretary for returning the file to the Chairman with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) terming it “contempt of the Upper House”.

The ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) argued that the Chairman’s announcement to refer the Bills to the select committee was invalid. YSRCP leaders demand that the Bills be considered passed.

Y. Ramakrishnudu, TDP leader in Legislative Council, said the government’s argument was based on the lack of knowledge of legislative rules. The Council Chairman had referred the Bills to the select committee by using his discretionary powers and ignoring the YSRCP demand to put them to vote.

The Bills were passed by the Assembly at its special sitting on January 20. While one Bill aims at scrapping a special body created to develop Amaravati as the new capital, the second provides for development of Visakhapatnam and Kurnool as the two other capitals.

The Bills, however, hit a roadblock in the Legislative Council, where the opposition is in majority.

Taking note of the Opposition’s bid to stall the Bills, the YSRCP government moved to abolish the Upper House. The Assembly passed a resolution on January 27, recommending to the Centre to abolish the Council.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday also urged him to expedite the process. Reddy told Modi the Council had lost its utility and it was going against Bills passed by the Assembly.

He urged Modi to direct the Law Ministry to take necessary action in this regard.

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Capital row: Centre dashes Chandrababu’s hopes of intervention

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Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s hopes of the Centre’s intervention to prevent shifting of the state capital from Amaravati were dashed with the BJP-led government making it clear that it is the prerogative of the state to decide on its capital.

The Leader of the Opposition and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President was hoping that the Centre will put a brake to Jagan Mohan Reddy government’s move to develop three state capitals.

“It is for each state to decide its capital within its territory,” Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said during question hour in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

He was replying to a question by TDP MP Galla Jaydev, who wanted to know the Centre’s reaction to the state government’s move.

Jayadev also wanted to know whether the Centre would advise the state not to resort to such decisions which not only vitiate the investment climate but will also be a great loss to thousands of farmers who have given their land for construction of new capital Amaravati.

The minister merely said the state government, through its order dated April 23, 2015, had notified Amaravati as the capital city. “Recently media reports have appeared indicating the state government’s decision to create three capitals for the State of Andhra Pradesh. It is for each state to decide its capital within its territory,” he said.

The statement has come as a shot in the arm for the YSR Congress government, which has decided to develop Visakhapatnam and Kurnool as the capital cities in addition to Amaravati.

With the decision to shift administrative capital functions to Visakhapatnam, the coastal city will become the main seat of governance for all practical purpose. The high court will be shifted to Kurnool while Amaravati will merely remain as a legislative capital.

However, a day after the Centre made it stand clear, Naidu remarked that a state can choose its capital but it can’t change it. He was addressing farmers of Amaravati, whose protest over the state government’s three-capital move entered 50th day on Wednesday.

Naidu wondered why the Centre washing its hands off when the state’s move threatened to badly affect the interests of farmers who had given 33,000 acres of land for building the capital.

The TDP chief was hopeful of Centre’s intervention as Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had laid foundation for Amaravati in 2015.

Amaravati was the brainchild of Naidu, who lost power to the YSRCP in the elections last year.

Stating that the state lacks funds to develop a “grandiose” capital like Amaravati, Jagan Mohan Reddy mooted the decentralization of capital functions to ensure what he calls equitable development of all three regions.

Last month, the state Assembly passed two Bills to create three state capitals. However, in the Legislative Council, dominated by the opposition, the Bills were referred to a select committee.

Angered over the Council Chairman’s move, the government passed a resolution in the Assembly, urging the Centre to abolish the upper House of the State Legislature.

All opposition parties including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have opposed the shifting of the capital from Amaravati and criticized the move to abolish the Council.

Three Rajya Sabha members of the TDP, who had defected to the BJP after the general elections, and actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, which last month announced an alliance with the BJP, are hopeful that the Centre would not facilitate early passing of a Bill in the Parliament for abolishing the Council.

A group of Amaravati farmers have already challenged the government’s three-capital move in the high court.

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Amaravati Capital notified in 2015: Centre tells Lok Sabha

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For a long time now, the YCP leaders including CM Jaganmohan Reddy are saying that the previous Chandrababu Regime has not notified Amaravati as the Capital City of Andhra Pradesh. But, the Union Government clarified in the Lok Sabha today that Amaravati was notified as AP Capital way back on April 23, 2015. Union Minister Nityananda Roy told the House today that the then AP Government had a choice to set up Capital in any place in the state. Accordingly, the then government selected and notified Amaravati as AP Capital at that time.

With this, doubts are being raised once again whether YCP Ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Buggana Rajendranath Reddy and others spread falsehoods on Amaravati Capital notification. The Ministers were saying from the beginning that Naidu didn’t care to notify Capital but merely wasted his time showing graphics on Singapore model buildings in Amaravati region.

Whatever, TDP and YCP leaders are interpreting Centre’s latest clarification to suit their respective positions. TDP MPs say that the Centre acknowledged Amaravati Capital status in the Lok Sabha itself. But YCP says that its government has still a choice to develop Capital in any place it wants.

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Centre can’t interfere with AP Capital shifting: Lok Sabha

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Union Minister of State for Home Nityananda Roy said in the Lok Sabha today that the Central Government cannot interfere on the contentious issue of 3 Capitals plan in Andhra Pradesh. In his reply to a question asked by TDP MP Galla Jayadev, the Union Minister said that a state government can set its Capital in any place of its choice but the Centre cannot put any objection to that.

At the same time, Roy said that their government at the Centre had not officially received any communication from the AP government about the Capital shifting plan. However, the Minister said that it has come to the notice of the Centre through media reports that AP is getting 3 Capitals in place of present one at the global city in Amaravati.

The Modi government official statement now came as a big boost for CM Jaganmohan Reddy who is making uncompromising efforts to shift Capital out of Amaravati. Analysts say that this is the only official position taken by Modi Circar which, they say, is actively unhappy with the YCP misgovernance in AP.

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Jagan completing Naidu’s Millennium Towers: Vizag Capital

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The AP High Court has warned the officials that if they shift offices out of the present Amaravati Capital, the entire expenses will be recovered from them. The court has banned all activities relating to the Capital shifting to Visakhapatnam. But, CM Jaganmohan Reddy is silently going ahead with his 3 Capitals mission. Now, Jagan Circar has released Rs. 19.73 Cr to complete the Millennium Towers project in Vizag. These towers are in news these days as the next destination for AP Secretariat under Capital shifting.

Ironically, the Millennium Towers project was also started by Chandrababu Naidu whose vision was to kickstart software industry in a big way in Vizag. Jagan is sparing these multi-crore towers for his own convenience. Rumours are that these towers are being completed in the name of IT department only but they will later be occupied for running AP Secretariat offices.

On the other hand, the BJP leaders are still giving mixed signals on 3 Capitals. As a result, senior YCP leaders are in doubts about the success of Vizag Capital. However, Jagan Reddy is bulldozing his advisors and bureacrats to just implement his orders without questions. AP administration presently runs like a racy suspense thriller. What happens next, only God knows.

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Vizag Capital should be away from coast: GN Rao

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Responding to latest controversy, GN Rao Experts Committee chairman GN Rao said that their committee has indeed suggested location of Executive Capital in Vizag but not closer to the coast. It was because of the constant cyclone threat and coastal land erosion. GN Rao said that their committee advised the Jagan Reddy government to develop the core Capital City buildings like Secretariat away from the coast. This would help Capital to safeguard itself from natural calamities like Hudhud cyclone.

GN Rao said that their panel recommended location of Capital buildings within the Vizag metropolitan region but far away from the coast. His latest comments triggered allegations and counter allegations between YCP Ministers and TDP leaders. TDP Ex Minister Devineni Uma said that Jagan Reddy is building the entire Capital closer to the coast only to increase the real estate values of the massive 30,000 acres he and his coterie bought all alongside the Vizag coast towards Srikakulam. Uma said that Jagan Reddy’s Co-Accused Vijayasai Reddy is personally getting lots of cases filed in the Supreme Court to grab Rs 1,000 Cr worth Waltair Club lands. These lands lie closer to the coast.

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