Sunday, June 23, 2024

Amravati or 3 Capitals, back to square one

  • High Court defers case to August 23
  • 229 petitions filed by Amravati farmers
  • AP CM has to wait for his dream to come true

Amravati: The decision of High Court deferring the case of Amravati as Capital to August 23 certainly poured cold water on AP CM Jagan Mohan Reddy’s dream project of decentralisation of governance for a while. More than 229 petitions were filed in High Court by Amravati farmers seeking justice for the lands given in the name of the capital. Government circles are hoping that speedy verdict will come after HC said that it will take up the case with physical hearing of the petitions challenged from May 3rd.

Division bench comprising Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justices Joymalya and N. Jayasurya on May 3rd deferred the case to August 23rd stating that the growing number of Corona Virus cases is a big cause of concern not only for Government but also to Judiciary. Now the political analysts say that whole process will take a lot of time. The transfer of justice J.K. Maheswari and appointment of CJ Goswami were expected to lead to some arguments by Government and farmers as the bench has been dissolved due to the transfer of former chief Justice. YCP leaders considered that this was the right time to shift capital but AP CM Jagan preferred to do this without any legal problem.

Initially Government planned to shift CMO to Visakhapatnam, but this court order may halt all the plans for a while, at least for another six months as per Govt. sources. Now the effort to resolve Amaravati and three capitals row appears to be back to square one. But Minister for Municipal Administration Botsa Satyanarayana has stated that the Government would submit its arguments in HC in support to three capitals during the hearing. He once again repeated that Government is keen on decentralisation of governance with three capitals and no question of going back on the proposal.


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