AMARAVATI: Telugu Desam Party National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday gave an ultimatum to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to withdraw his 3 Capitals decision within 48 hours or abolish the State Legislative Assembly to seek fresh public mandate on his decision for trifurcation.
Naidu reminded Mr. Jagan Reddy that he and his party leaders had promised the people of AP in the 2019 election campaign that Amaravati would continue to be the only Capital City and that it would be fully developed. After making that promise, the CM has no right to shift Amaravati Capital without the approval of all the 5 crore people of the State.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu dared the AP Chief Minister to seek a fresh mandate if he had courage and if he was fully confident of having total approval of the people for his 3 Capitals plan. If the people vote for and bring the YSRCP back to power in the re-election, then the TDP would humbly accept their mandate and it would not raise its dissenting voice again against the decision. If the CM does not come out with a proper response, the TDP along with the other Opposition parties would intensify their agitation not just through legal battles but also to make the CM as a culprit in the people’s court.
The TDP chief listed out how the YSRCP leaders made the innocent voters of AP believe that Amaravati Capital would not be destroyed even if Mr. Jagan Reddy was made the Chief Minister in 2019. But, after coming to power, the CM backstabbed and betrayed all the 5 crore people of the state by going ahead with his Capital shifting without discussing or taking prior approval of the people. Mr. Jagan Reddy himself repeatedly uttered the election slogan that he would never break his promises and that he would worship his party manifesto like the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita and the Quran. Having sworn on the holy books, the Chief Minister was now relentlessly breaking his promises without any conscience.
Naidu recalled how YSRCP’s 2019 Election Manifesto Committee Chairman Ummareddy Venkateswarlu repeatedly assured the people at that time that their party would continue AP Capital in Amaravati alone and it would be developed into a well-equipped, good city. Incidentally, Ummareddy Venkateswarlu hails from the Guntur district where Amaravati Capital is located. YSRCP Mylavaram MLA Vasanta Krishna Prasad went to the extent of taking a vow that he would resign if Amaravati was discontinued as a permanent capital. Krishna Prasad hails from Krishna district which is close to Amaravati Capital.
Stating that Amaravati was selected duly abiding by the AP Reorganisation Act 2014, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that no Government would have a right to destroy this as it would only kick up greater problems that would crush the prospects of future generations of AP people. The YSRCP Government was going forward to kill Amaravati Capital much against the will of the people in just the same way that the then Congress Government approved the bifurcation bill by shutting down TVs and closing the doors of the Parliament. Eventually, the AP people had taught a bitter lesson to the Congress party. Even now, Capital shifting was taken up much against the opinion of the people. If CM Jagan Reddy was thinking he had public support, he could as well get a proper mandate for the same by going for election.
Naidu told the AP CM to realise at least now that it was a foolish decision to go against the people’s aspirations. Even the CM’s own long-standing admirers were now feeling sad about the absurd decisions that he was taking on the issue of 3 Capitals. Questions were being asked whether any sane person would opt to take a poverty-ridden South Africa as a role model. Moreover, it would not be easy to reverse various decisions taken by the Government as part of developing Amaravati Capital already.
The TDP chief pointed out that agreements were reached with thousands of farmers by the Government-formed Capital Region Development Authority. This would amount to breach of trust if their agreements were violated. Promises were made to the farmers that nine cities would be developed and large scale investments would be made to develop the Capital city at that time. Also, the AP High Court was established in Amaravati after a Presidential Order was issued in consultation with the Supreme Court.