In what can be termed as a major U-turn by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the state government has decided to withdraw the bill pertaining to having three capital cities for the state and it also consider repealing the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) bill. If this is true then it would mean that the CM has accepted the biggest setback to his decision.
Even as everyone is promulgating the withdrawal of capitals bill, there seems to be a hidden hand involved in the decision process and that is none other than Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The meeting of Jagan with Union home minister Amit Shah in Tirupati followed by state BJP leaders announcing that they are supporting the agitating Amaravati farmers and out of the blue suddenly jumping into the bandwagon of agitation in Nellore district, clearly points out that the decision was forced by BJP! The state BJP leaders have joined the Mahapadayatra of Amaravati farmers in Nellore district.
Jagan had introduced the bill that originally proposed to establish three capitals in the state namely Visakhaptanam, Amaravati and Kurnool which will serve as Executive, Administration and Judicial Capitals respectively. There have been widespread rejections and protests against the decision of the CM. Meanwhile all the works at Amaravati came to standstill and people have been cursing at the decision.
Now it is understood that Jagan and the AP state cabinet has met and discussed on this crucial move and the CM was likely to make an announcement regarding this in the state assembly today. This announcement was made, and then it will also be a moral victory of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) since it has been fighting against the concept of three capitals from the day one. In fact the party and its leaders have been supporting the farmers of Amaravati who are on protest for more than two years now.
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AP government had passed two crucial bills in 2020 – AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions (3 Capitals Bill) and CRDA Repeal. It is now understood that the AP State Advocate General has informed the three-bench High Court of AP that both these bills are withdrawn. Now it is matter of time for formal announcement to be made.
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