YSRCP government proposal for three capitals opens Pandora’s Box

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HYDERABAD: The YSR Congress government’s proposal to create three capitals for Andhra Pradesh has opened a Pandora’s Box with demands coming up from several regions for locating the new capital in their respective regions.

 

A Times of India report said that local politicians cutting across party lines have come up with their own set of demands since chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy announced in the assembly on December 17 his three capital idea — administrative capital in Vizag, judicial capital in Kurnool and existing capital city of Amaravati to host assembly sessions.

Various sections of people, including farmers and students, have also hit the streets — some for retaining Amaravati and others for shifting it to their area. The YSRCP government has had to deploy hundreds of police personnel to quell clashes triggered by farmer protests.

The cabinet has deferred the move to bifurcate the capital until an expert committee examines the GN Rao committee report recommending three capitals for the state.

The TOI report said that demand for capital city has come in from Kurnool, Chittoor, Kadapa, Anantapur, Prakasam, Nellore and Visakhapatnam districts in the last 26 days. On the regional front, local leaders in Rayalaseema want the capitals to be located in north coastal Andhra and south coastal Andhra respectively.

The state had witnessed a similar demand six years ago during the bifurcation of the state. Some leaders want another bifurcation of the state to carve out what they call Greater Rayalaseema.

Leaders from Rayalaseema were the first to renew their demand for the capital city. Former legislator Byreddy Rajasekhar Reddy, who recently joined the BJP, has renewed his demand for the state capital in Kurnool (Rayalaseema).

Rajya Sabha MP TG Venkatesh wants high court apart from Secretariat (administrative capital) in the region. PV Sidda Reddy, YSRCP legislator from Kadiri, has demanded that Rayalaseema should be given judicial as well as legislative capital cities. While former minister and TDP leader B Akhila Priya wants the capital to be shifted to Rayalaseema if the government was not in favour of Amaravati.

Former MP Chinta Mohan is in favour of Tirupati as the state capital while ex-minister Ganta Srinivas Rao supports shifting of capital to Visakhapatnam. Former MP and TDP leader JC Diwakar Reddy has renewed his demand for Greater Rayalaseema in case of shifting of capital from Amaravati.

Assembly speaker Tammineni Sitaram supported the proposal for three capital cities saying that it would arrest the demand for separate states. Earlier, he had described Amaravati as a desert.

While the opposition blames the ruling YSRCP for the capital trouble across the state, the ruling YSRCP has blamed the TDP for the “political conspiracy”. “A planned political conspiracy is being executed in the state to create unrest and disturb law and order,” a YSRCP official statement said on Sunday.

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