The new political map released by the government of India is now the fresh controversy in the State politics. The new political map has the new states and their capitals marked except Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad was shown as the capital of Telangana but AP has no capital marked in the map.
The Telugu Desam Party had raised the issue and blamed the government for not getting Amaravati included in the map. The TDP termed it yet another failure of the Jaganmohan Reddy government. However, the government turned the tables to the TDP and said that Chandrababu Naidu government had not issued any Gazette notification on Amaravati as the new capital of the State and get it recognised by the Central government.
The previous TDP government had issued Gazette notification on identifying the capital city and capital region. It had issued the notification on the boundaries of the capital city and the AP Capital Region Development Authority Act. But, there is no mention of the Amaravati as the capital city.
Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Botsa Satyanarayana shifted the blame on the TDP for the non-inclusion of Amaravati in the country’s new political map. He said that the two Gazette notifications were on the capital city and the capital region but there was no mention of Amaravati as the capital city. Though Chandrababu Naidu government made huge publicity on the new capital Amaravati and several events were organised during the last four years, there was no Gazette notification about Amaravati.
Even for the foundation ceremony for Amaravati, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present, the invitations were printed in the name of Amaravati, but the same was not notified in the official Gazette.
It is time for the new government to issue Gazette notification on the new capital and ensure that it is declared officially as the capital of the State, at least before the next political map of the country is released