Amravati, IAS. In a major decision, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday repealed the law making three capitals of the state. It also announced that it would reconsider the issue in view of the opposition from a section of the people and legal hurdles. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy told the state assembly that the decision was taken to protect the wider public interest and the government would come up with a comprehensive legislation taking into account the concerns of all.

The Assembly passed the Andhra Pradesh Decentralization and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2021 by voice vote following a brief statement by the Chief Minister. The chief minister defended his government’s decision to create three capitals, indicating that he had not abandoned his proposal to have administrative, legislative and judicial capitals at Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and Kurnool.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the decision was taken to divide the state capital into three parts to ensure decentralization and do justice to all the three regions of the state. The Chief Minister said that the decision taken by the previous government required more than Rs 1 lakh crore only to create the infrastructure. The capital of the new state, his government decided to make the administrative capital at Visakhapatnam, which already has excellent infrastructure and all other facilities.

Jagan Mohan Reddy clarified that he is not against Amaravati. He said, ‘I live here. I am not against this area. He alleged that some forces broke the intention of the government and created apprehensions in the minds of the people and also created legal hurdles. Also said that decentralised, his government was trying to avoid the ‘historic mistake’ of developing Hyderabad as a super capital.

He claimed that YSRCP’s victory in every election proved that it has full support of the people. Earlier, Finance Minister Bugga Rajendranath Reddy explained the government’s objective in introducing the bill. The government’s decision comes at a time when Amaravati farmers have been protesting for over 700 days demanding development of Amaravati as the sole state capital.

The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) after coming to power in 2019 reversed the decision of the previous TDP government to develop Amaravati as the sole state capital.

Edited By: Dhyanendra Singh Chauhan