Andhra Pradesh will have only one capital – Amaravati : CM Jagan Mohan Reddy

Amravati: The ongoing row of three capitals, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is all set to announce that Andhra Pradesh will only have one capital Amravati.

Advocate General S Subramaniam told the Andhra Pradesh High Court that the state of Andhra Pradesh will have Amaravati as the capital. He said that the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to withdraw the controversial Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of all Regions Act and added that an announcement in this regard would be made by CM Jagan Mohan Reddy in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly. The law, passed last year, intended to establish three capitals.

Three capitals were proposed in the bill – executive capital at Vizag, legislative capital at Amaravati, judicial capital at Kurnool.

Amaravati filed petitions

The contentious act- which paved the legal framework to establish an executive capital at Visakhapatnam, legislative capital at Amaravati and a judicial capital at Kurnool – was challenged by a number of petitions. Thousands of farmers, who had given up over 34,000 acres of farmland to set up the capital in Amaravati had challenged the law through over 100 petitions in the High Court.

According to reports, the decision to withdraw the act was taken at an emergency meeting. Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy will be making the big announcement in the state Assembly ‘soon’, Subramaniam said. Reddy had also held a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah and informed him that the state was keen on decentralising in order to carry out balanced development of various regions.

In June, the Chief Minister had met Home Minister Amit Shah, seeking special category status to the state, besides nod for three bills

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