- Leaders demand Amaravati shall be the Capital
- Except ruling party, all parties extend solidarity for Maha Paadayatra
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah directs party workers to join yatra
- Is this political gamble once again?
Amaravati: With heavy rains creating havoc in Andhra Pradesh, the demand of retaining Amravati as permanent capital is also leading to storm in political circles. A significant development took place on Sunday in farmers’ Maha paadayatra in which BJP leaders extended solidarity and demanded Government to withdraw three capitals plan.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his recent visit to Tirupati had a meeting with State BJP leaders and urged them to support paadayatra for Amravati as Capital. Following the advice of their leader, on Sunday, BJP National Secretary D. Purandeshwari, State BJP President Somu Veerraju, Rajya Sabha Members Y.S. Chowdary, CM. Ramesh, joined paadayatra in Nellore district amid huge rains. According to MP Sujana Chowdary, party has passed a resolution for supporting Amravati as capital of Andhra Pradesh. The YCP Government announced that there will be three capitals without having any authority to do so. In order to support farmers who gave land for capital development, BJP will support them and see that capital remains in Amravati, MP said.
YCP Government proposed three capitals in the state with Amravati as Legislative Capital, Kurnool as Judicial capital and Visakhapatnam as Executive capital. Hearings in High Court are going on with a clutch of writ petitions filed before it challenging the A. P. Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Act 2020 and Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development (Repeal) Act 2020.
3- capital formula at risk
Essentially, these Acts propose the formation of three capitals for the State. The Acts intend to develop Amravati, Visakhapatnam, and Kurnool as the legislative, executive and judicial capitals respectively. Senior Advocate Shyam Divan argued on behalf of Amravati Parirakshana Samithi, before the Bench headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and comprising Justices M. Satyanarayana Murthy and D. V. S. S. Somayajulu.
The farmers are in a hope that they will get positive opinion from High Court in coming days. BJP, which is silent all these days, suddenly raised voice on Amravati, which is considered by observers as a political gamble. Reliable sources in BJP say that Amit Shah was not at all happy with State leaders for not utilising the capital issue and stand by the farmers for the party’s growth. Due to this, TDP is gaining sympathy in the farmers that it is the only party supporting them. BJP, which is now filled with a dominating caste in AP, wants to prove that it is the alternative to the ruling party, YCP. Party does not want to give any chance for TDP once again to rise. For this, Delhi leaders want state leaders to project themselves in a positive mode in supporting the slogan of One State – One Capital, that is Amravati.
Whatever the reason may be, Amravati, once again became a theme for political parties to improve their position.
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