The Jaganmohan Reddy government has proposed shifting out the capital from Amaravati.
Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh may be shelved as a three-day special session of state assembly begins today amid tight security. The YSR Congress government held a cabinet meeting this morning to discuss the proposal of shelving the master plan for a futuristic capital at Amaravati amid massive protests.
The CRDA Act will be replaced by Decentralisation Bill, it was discussed this morning.
Protests have been going on in 29 villages of Amaravati and other parts of the state for nearly five weeks by farmers who are opposing the state government's proposal to shift the state capital from Amaravati.
Here are the highlight on three-day special session of Andhra assembly
Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas on Monday condemned the house arrests of former TDP MLAs and Amaravati Joint Action Committee (JAC) leaders, news agency ANI reported. Mr Srinivas said, "The decision of the YSRCP government to decentralise the capital is not good for the state''s development."
Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath on Monday introduced the Andhra Pradesh De-centralisation and Development of all Regions Bill 2020 in the House during the Special Session of the state Assembly. State Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development, Botsa Satyanarayana introduced the Andhra Pradesh CRDA Repeal Bill in the house, news agency ANI reported.
Tense situation prevailed at ''Dharna Chowk'' as the Amaravati Joint Action Committee (JAC) leaders marched towards the state assembly. When the leaders started marching to the assembly, police tried to stop them following which a verbal altercation took place, news agency ANI reported.
The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government on Monday introduced a Bill in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly to give shape to its plan of having three capitals for the state, with the executive capital in Visakhapatnam, Legislative capital in Amaravati and judicial
capital in Kurnool. The AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of
All Regions Bill, 2020, also provides for dividing the state into various zones and establishing zonal planning and development boards, news agency PTI reported.
Earlier today, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu condemned the house arrest of his party leaders and former MLAs ahead of the special session. "House arrest of party leaders and Amaravati JAC leaders is condemnable. Suppression of public voice is undemocratic and against the Constitution. Even during the Emergency, it was much better," Mr Naidu said in a statement.
In a meeting this morning, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy cabinet approved four bills to be placed in the house ahead of the special session. The bills are: Decentralisation of state development, repealing of the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Act, benefits related to farmers in Amaravati and converting all government schools into English medium.