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No change in three capitals plan, status quo for now!

No change in three capitals plan, status quo for now!

The Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh on Monday asserted that there is no change in its plan to create three capital cities for the state but for now, there will be status quo.

This was made clear by chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in the state assembly, after finance minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy introduced the bills repealing its earlier legislations on abolition of AP Capital Region Development Authority and decentralisation and inclusive development of all regions.

Stating that the decentralisation bills were introduced in the past with a view to develop all the three regions, including north-coastal Andhra with the spirit of Sri Bagh Agreement, Jagan said had the exercise on three capitals begum soon after the passage of the two legislations in the past, it would have yielded excellent results by now.

He claimed that the people had strongly opposed the proposal for centralised capital in the past which was evident from the huge mandate they had given to the YSRC in 2019 elections. The verdict clearly showed that the government should not resort to the historic mistake of creating a super capital model like Hyderabad.

“That is why, we went ahead with the decentralised plan,” he said.

Jagan said the people had been blessing the YSRC government with a series of victories in the last two and a half years because it had taken into consideration their aspirations cutting across regions, castes and religions.

“However, there have been several apprehensions, doubts, court cases, legal disputes and malicious campaigns against the government decision. We have seen how there were arguments about injustice meted out to some sections of people, while ignoring the overall benefit of the state,” he said.

Against this backdrop, the chief minister said, his government had decided to repeal the earlier acts and bring about fresh legislations to explain the intentions of the government with more details and incorporate all answers that would remove legal and judicial hurdles.

“If necessary, we shall incorporate necessary changes while reintroducing the legislations more comprehensively,” Jagan said, adding that the decision to repeal the acts was taken keeping in view the broader interests of the state.

Earlier, Buggana introduced the bill repealing the Andhra Pradesh Decentralization and Inclusive Development of all Regions Act, 2020 and the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Act, 2020.

He said various complaints were made and cases filed against the said enactments including on the ground of lack of adequate opportunity of hearing to the stakeholders and also on the grounds some objections raised by certain members of the Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Council with respect to the referral to a Select Committee.

“In this backdrop, the subject matter needs further study and to impart further clarity to the policy of decentralisation of the State and consultations to explanation to all sections of people exhaustively, so that a suitable legislation be presented again, addressing all the concerns of all the regions of the State favouring decentralisation,” Buggana said.

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