Constitutional validity of Amaravati

The AP Reorganisation Act 2014 had clearly says that Hyderabad is the common capital for the State of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for a period of 10 years. However, the provision of shifting the capital was found in the Act which said that “Hyderabad would be the common capital for the two successor states for a period not exceeding 10 years.” The statement that “not exceeding 10 years” was seen as an opportunity for the AP government to shift the capital out of Hyderabad.

The AP government, while functioning from Hyderabad had announced on September 4, 2014 that the new capital for the State would come up between Vijayawada and Guntur. On December 22, 2014 the AP Capital Region Development Authority Act was passed. On December 30, the State government issued GOs notifying 29 mandals each from Krishna and Guntur district as Capital Region and 29 villages of Thullur, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri mandals as capital city. The name of Amaravati for the capital city comprising of 29 notified villages was announced on April 1, 2016. However, this Amaravati name was not notified in the Gazette to give legal sanctity to the capital.

Meanwhile, the Central government had appointed new Governor to Andhra Pradesh. The erstwhile camp office of the chief minister, which was originally belonged to the irrigation department was declared as Raj Bhavan. It was here the questions were raised on the constitutional validity of the Raj Bhavan in a place which was not declared capital yet. Perhaps, Vijayawada, which is not a capital city, is the only place where Raj Bhavan exists in the country. Though this question was raised by some legal luminaries, the Central government had bulldozed its decision and appointed a new Governor for the State.  It is thus a Governor lives and a Raj Bhavan exists in a place which is not a capital city notified by the Central government as per the constitutional provisions. Hence, no claims on the validity, legal or constitutional, have no meaning.

Ravi Batchali
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