The Andhra Pradesh Assembly has passed a bill to withdrawal the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Repeal Bill, 2021. The bill was intended to establish three new capitals.
Advocate General Subrahmanyam Sriram informed the Andhra Pradesh High Court of the government’s decision to withdraw the controversial bill in an affidavit.
Amaravati will be the sole capital of the state, the AG said, according to Bar and Bench. However, the court was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the law.
What was the bill?
Through the Act, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was to construct three capitals
- Amaravati as Legislative capital
- Vishakapatnam as the Executive capital
- Kurnool as the Judicial capital
This was opposed by farmers in Amaravati as well as opposition parties.
The bill refers to the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Act, 2020. On the other hand, it can be also referred to the AP Capital Region Development Authority Repeal Act, 2020.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, however, told the Assembly his government would bring a “comprehensive, complete and better” Decentralisation Bill. The 2020 Act was being repealed to protect the larger interests of people, he said.
“Our intention of a decentralised development of the state has been twisted, distorted and misinformation launched. Also, legal hurdles were created and court cases filed,” the chief minister said.
Furthermore, Jagan said the government would explain “our genuine intention and the need for decentralisation” to all concerned and incorporate necessary changes in the new Bill.
Meanwhile, the farmers of the Amaravati region, who had been fighting the three capitals decision for more than 700 days now.
The Bill to repeal the legislation was introduced in the Assembly by Buggana Rajendranath Reddy. He is the Minister for Finance, Planning and Legislative Affairs of the state government.
However, the state government’s decision comes after the BJP’s decision to repeal the three farmers bill.