YSRCP leader Raghu Ramakrishna Raju urges President to retain Amaravati as Andhra capital

South India

The YSR Congress Party's rebel MP, Raghu Ramakrishna Raju on Tuesday submitted a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to retain Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh. 


The present state government is trying to trifurcate the state capital through two bills: Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020, and  Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Bill, 2020.

The Lok Sabha member from Narsapuram called on the President in Delhi and submitted a memorandum, seeking his immediate intervention to retain Amaravati as the only state capital.

He alleged that the YSRCP government in the state is resorting to a series of unconstitutional and anti-public acts and said they warrant the President's intervention to safeguard constitutional rights of people and to save democracy.

He pointed out that Amaravati was declared as the new capital of Andhra Pradesh in accordance with the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 as passed by the Parliament. 

Many developmental decisions were taken during the last six years and a tremendous amount of infrastructure was established in Amaravati.

In the letter, Raju wrote:

"During the last six to seven years many developmental decisions had been taken place and a tremendous amount of infrastructure established in Amaravati, the new green-field state capital, some of which are still in the midst of development”.

The YSRCP leader mentioned the consequences of the above-mentioned Bills, saying, "This move will ruin the development of the green-field capital city of Amaravati, which is in the midst of infrastructure development as enormous public and private funds have already been spent by the Central Government, State Government, various other domestic, international public, private bodies and establishments will become waste."

The MP said the move would divide the people on the lines of region and caste and would also lead to utter administrative vacuum and mismanagement as executive, legislature and judiciary would be scattered hundreds of kilometres apart.

"That with this South African concept of three capital cities being mooted by the present government, the State would face political and social death, along with dividing the people on the lines of regions and caste also lead to utter administrative vacuum and mismanagement, since the various important ingredients of the state (executive, legislature and judiciary) will then be scattered hundreds of kilometres apart," the letter read. 

"With this concept of three capitals and main executive and part legislature proposed at Visakhapatnam it will take 20 hours for Rayalaseema region people to reach and it will totally paralyse the administration. Moreover, in the present financial crisis of post corona times, we should not even allow any discussion on the said South African three capitals model which our Hon'ble Chief Minister is very much fond of," Raju stated in the letter.

The MP said the Bills would be in direct conflict with the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 which clearly mentions that Andhra Pradesh will have one capital.

He urged the President to direct the governor to refer the two Bills to him. He also suggested that the President seek the opinion of the Attorney General on the matter.


With inputs from Agency


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