3 Capitals not in CM Jagan’s election manifesto, says TDP

AMARAVATI: Telugu Desam Party Spokeswoman Panchumarty Anuradha on Wednesday demanded the YSRCP Government to explain to the people why it was shifting Capital city though this promise was not there in its party manifesto in 2019 elections.

Anuradha asked Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy to honour his commitment to his manifesto as the Bible, Quran and Bhagavad Gita by keeping the Capital in Amaravati itself and also by fulfilling his promise to develop the same into a thriving people’s city.

Addressing a press conference here, the TDP leader said the ruling party MLAs and Ministers belonging to the Krishna and Guntur districts should break their silence on the injustice that was being caused to the local people here because of the destructive 3 Capitals proposal. The Government was blindly going ahead despite repeated setbacks it was receiving in the courts which were upholding the rights of the farmers who had sacrificed 33,000 acres of their ancestral lands.

Anuradha deplored that the YSRCP leaders were unmoved and heartless even though the innocent farmers, women, youth and Dalits were continuing their protests in Amaravati’s 29 villages for over 232 days despite the rising threat from Coronavirus infections. The Government was indifferent to the suffering of all sections of people in the past 15 months. Over 34 people-friendly programmes were scrapped. Investments worth Rs. 2 lakh Cr flew away from the State. The courts passed strictures against the Government’s decisions for over 69 times but there was no attempt to make corrections.

Anuradha slammed the Government for not taking any pity even though 70 Amaravati farmers died broken-hearted at the Capital shifting proposal. The sand shortage crisis and collapse of the construction industry led to suicides of over 64 construction workers. In all, over 511 farmers committed suicides all over the State in the past 14 months because of rising debts and failure of crops. Land scams worth Rs. 3,000 Cr were committed in the name of distribution of house sites. By increasing taxes and current bills, Rs. 50,000 Cr financial burden was placed on the general public in the first one year.

The TDP leader told the YSRCP that it would not be able to go forward in its plans for Capital shifting until and unless an amendment is made to the AP Reorganisation Act 2014. If the Government blindly goes ahead, it would only cause greater misery and loss to the AP people and severe injustice to the future generations.

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