Andhra Guv approves bills for trifurcation of state capital

Amaravati: Clarifying the decks for trifurcation of AP capital, Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on Fri. gave his own assent to the AP Decentralisation & Inclusive Development (devt) of All Areas Bill, 2024, & the AP Capital Area Development (devt) Authority (Repeal) Bill, 2024, moved by this State Legislature.

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy-led govt on Jul 17 had sent to Raj Bhavan 2 invoices moved by this State Assembly past month.

Awhile 1 bill is for the abolition of Capital Area Development (devt) Authority (CRDA) that has been created during this recent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) regime for apartment the capital in Amaravati, the different is aimed in decentralizing the administration by making 3 state capitals.

The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) govt schedules to shift the executive capital to Visakhapatnam, judicial capital to Kurnool & retain Amaravati as the legislative capital. Although, its move sparked massive dissent from farmers of Amaravati who had given their own lands for the development (devt) of the capital.

The 2 invoices have been initially moved by this Assembly in Jan & have been sent to the Legislative Council for its sanction. Although, the opposition TDP that has a majority within the upper home stalled the invoices & amidst the pandemonium Chairman M. A. Shariff had declared quoting the Invoices to the select committee.

Although, the State Assembly authorities had denied constituting the select committee on the field that the chairman’s call wasn’t in-line with the regulations. Even though the issue landed within the High Court(H.C), the invoices have been moved again by this Assembly on Jun 16. The invoices have been sent the Council however the same couldn’t be taken up & the Home has been postponed sine pass away the pandemonium.

Claiming that the 2 invoices deemed to were moved after 1 mo period, the govt sent them to the Governor for his own sanction.

The Governor had allegedly sought legal opinion on the process engaged within the passage of the invoices – AP Decentralisation & Inclusive Development (devt) of All Areas Bill, 2024 & the Bill to repeal AP Capital Area Development (devt) Authority Act, 2014

The opposition parties had requested the governor not to give his own nod to the invoices.

TDP president & leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu had pushed the Governor to take (2) ‘pro-people’ call on ‘unlawful’ invoices.

In a letter the Governor, the previous CM had requested to him to discuss the interests & future aspirations of all sections of AP before taking a final call.

Naidu reminded the governor that the Council referred the invoices to a select committee.

Naidu also wrote that the sanction of the 2 invoices in this juncture would money to contempt of the court as the High Court has been within the procedure of hearing numerous petitions over the govt’s ulterior move to shift capital within the name of decentralised development (devt).

BJP’s state unit president Kanna Lakshmi Narayana had also written to the Governor, asking him not to grant assent to the 2 invoices.

The BJP leader mentioned in his own letter that the AP Reorganisation Act gives for only 1 capital.

He’d also requested the Governor to discuss the constitutional elements of the issue, stand of multiple stakeholders & citizens’ wish & not to grant assent to the Invoices.