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Three Capitals: A wake-up call for people of Andhra Pradesh?

 
A lot of ruckus, confusion and political drama has ensued ever since the Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy-led government decided to come up with three capitals for Andhra Pradesh — Kurnool (Judicial Capital), Amaravati (Legislative Capital) and Vizag (Executive Capital). 

 

Even before the YSRCP came to power, Andhra Pradesh has had its own share of problems following the state’s bifurcation in 2014. A revenue deficit, bifurcation issues with the neighbouring Telangana State, lack of resources and investments, low employment rate and lesser opportunities for growth. 
 
That changed when the TDP government took over in 2014 and N. Chandrababu Naidu became the Chief Minister of a new bifurcated state of Andhra Pradesh. From getting rid of the power deficit within 100 days to making it an investors’ haven, everything was re-done and worked out, policy-wise and with reforms, to make it one of the top 5 progressive states in India. 
 
By the beginning of 2019, Andhra Pradesh, with a smaller economy, still made waves across the country, in almost every sector. However, all the development projects, investments, capital plans and its future began going downhill when the YSRCP-led government decided to move the capital away and unnecessarily “promised to return lands to Amaravati farmers,” despite their ongoing protests against capital shifting. 
 
While the TDP has been fighting with the Amaravati farmers over the irrational decision of having three capitals and moving the executive one to Vizag, the Jana Sena has been wavering about its stands. And, the BJP seems confused without any clarity on whether it supports the three capitals decision or is against it. Meanwhile, the issue has not made the High Court happy as it goes against legal provisions and basic constitutional laws.
 
However, what is surprising is the Governor’s (who is a BJP’s man)  nod for the issue while the Central government continues to deny its interference in it. On one hand, it supports the decision and on the other, it has left the people of Andhra Pradesh in lurch. 
 
There are two things here: One, if the BJP wants to support the three capitals issue, it needs to pronounce its stand clearly. Two, if it does want to associate itself with the support for Amaravati farmers, it needs to make that clear. But currently, the party is supporting Amaravati farmers’ protests and not saying a word about the three capitals issue while silently supporting it. 
 
Going by the BJP’s waywardness on this issue, it could eventually hurt the party further in the state. While it has already weakened Jana Sena with its indecisiveness and its on and off upheavals, the BJP could go the Congress way and fade out eventually if it continues with its current actions.  
 
While the ruckus and confusion of three capitals is further ruining the state in this pandemic, the people of the state need to see this issue as a wake-up call as to how they want their state’s future to be and choose the political party that will deliver their dreams. 
 

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