Saturday, 04 December 2021

Andhra Pradesh government Withdraws three dispute Bills

Andhra Pradesh government Withdraws three dispute Bill

The Andhra Pradesh YS Jaganmohan Reddy-led government in Andhra Pradesh has withdrawn the controversial three-capital Bill after many legal hurdles. However, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said his government would bring a "comprehensive, complete and better" Bill.

"Our intention of a passed to development of the state has been twisted, misinformation and a distorted launched. Also, legal problem were created and court cases filed,"

the CM said in the assembly. The 2020 Act was being revoked to protect the more significant interests of people, he said.

The AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development Bill were meant to trifurcate Andhra Pradesh's capital into three – the administrative capital at Vizag, legislative capital at Amaravati, judicial capital at Kurnool.

Without referring to farmers of the Amaravati region who had been fighting the three capitals decision for more than 700 days now --, Mr. Reddy said the government would explain its " genuine intention and a need for decentralisation" to all concerned incorporate necessary changes in the new Bill.

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Farmers objected to further acquisition in Vishakhapatnam and Kurnool, primarily because of the 33,000 fertile lands acquired for Amaravati by Mr. Reddy's predecessor Chandrababu Naidu.

A 45-day foot march was kicked off from Amaravati to Tirupati by farmers on November 1. The protesters reached Nellore on Sunday.

The decision to scrap the Bill was taken at an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday. The High Court, where multiple petitions were filed challenging the Bill, informed the Advocate General about the government decision.

The YSR Congress-led government had scrapped Chandrababu Naidu's grand plan for Amaravati last year, opting instead for three capitals, saying it intended to develop all state regions equally. But it ran into opposition from many quarters.

There was an overall impression that Mr. Reddy had scrapped the Amaravati project favoring a three capital plan to upstage his predecessor Mr. Naidu.

The matter finally went to the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which ordered that the status quo be maintained. The government failed to get any relief from the Supreme Court last year.

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