- On Monday, November 22, the Andhra Pradesh govt opted to scrap the three-capital bill.
- The bill suggested three capitals: Vizag for the executive capital, Amaravati for the legislative capital, and Kurnool for the judicial capital.
- Andhra Pradesh, according to Advocate General S Subramaniam, would have only one capital, Amaravati.
In the midst of a controversy over three capitals, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is expected to announce that the state would have only one capital: Amaravati.
The bill suggested three capitals: Vizag for the executive capital, Amaravati for the legislative capital, and Kurnool for the judicial capital.
The state of Andhra Pradesh would have Amaravati as its capital, according to Advocate General S Subramaniam before the Andhra Pradesh High Court. He asserted that the Andhra Pradesh government has chosen to revoke the controversial Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Act, and that Chief Minister will make an announcement in this regard in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. The bill, which was approved last year, aimed to create three capitals in Andhra Pradesh.
Several petitions were filed in the High Court against the trifurcation law.
At an emergency meeting, the decision was made to revoke the controversial Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Act, which was approved last year with the purpose of establishing three capitals for the state, according to sources, who added that the bill is likely to be introduced again with changes.
Farmers and landowners were outraged by the proposed law. Protests have been taking place in the southern state for almost two years.
A number of petitions were filed against the disputed law, which laid the legal groundwork for the establishment of an executive capital in Visakhapatnam, a legislative capital in Amaravati, and a judicial capital in Kurnool. Thousands of farmers who gave up over 34,000 acres of farmland to create the capital at Amaravati had filed over 100 petitions in the High Court challenging the bill.
The decision to revoke the law, according to reports, was made at an emergency meeting. According to Subramaniam, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy would make the big announcement in the state Assembly ‘soon.’
Reddy also met with Home Minister Amit Shah, advising him that the state was interested in decentralising in order to carry out balanced development across diverse areas.
The Union Home Ministry notified the Andhra Pradesh High Court last year that the move to establish a state capital was a state affair and that the Centre had no role to play in the decision-making process.
On November 1, farmers began a 45-day march from Amaravati to Tirupati. On Sunday, the protesters assembled in Nellore.