The opposition parties in the State have intensified their attack on the ruling YSR Congress and its government over the capital Amaravati issue. The parties sought clarity from Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy whether the government is planning to continue the capital here or shift to somewhere.
The Bharatiya Janata Party held a meeting at Mandadam and Velagapudi, the core villages of the capital and interacted with the farmers and the people on the capital issue. The CPM too had sent its delegates to some of the capital villages to make personal assessment of the capital works and know the pulse of the people on the new government’s plans. The Telugu Desam Party is planning to hold a massive meeting on August 29 over the capital issue. The CPI too is planning for a visit of its delegation to the capital villages. Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had promised a two-day visit in the capital villages from August 30.
All this comes at a time Minister Botsa Satyanarayana made comments over the suitability of the area for the capital, particularly in the light of recent floods to the Krishna river. The Minister said that the area was flood-prone and was not suitable for the capital. Though there was nothing new from the YSR Congress leaders on the capital issue, the statement holds some weight as they are in power now and deciding force for the next five years.
The TDP, which is good at spreading rumours, either in its favour or against its rivals, had succeeded in creating some confusion among the people over the capital issue. There is uncertainty now on the capital issue, despite the Ministers time and again clarifying that they have no plans to shift the capital. Now, in the midst of the controversy and the speculation over shifting the capital, the State government had released Rs 187 crore towards payment of the annual annuity to the farmers in lieu of their lands given in pooling for the capital. In fact, the delay in payment of the annuity is the reason for the farmers to suspect the continuation of the capital by the new government