As someone who wanted to trifurcate Andhra Pradesh’s capital and announced the decision of 3 capitals — Amaravati (legislative capital), Vizag (executive capital) and Kurnool (judicial capital), Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has found himself in a rather awkward situation.
As a party that made hue and cry about corruption and alleged “Amaravati land scam” during the TDP’s regime and took away all of farmers’ lands that were voluntarily given for capital development under land pooling, Jagan and his party claimed he will materialise the judicial capital as Kurnool.
In the name of decentralised development, the YSRCP government haphazardly passed a resolution in AP Assembly, overturning the TDP Government’s earlier resolution of Amaravati as capital, which even the Central government had okayed in the Parliament. But, Jagan took his own decision and not just drove out crores of investments with his three capitals decision but also caused a massive loss to the state exchequer, as a result of this hurried decision.
Despite all the loss that Andhra Pradesh has been bearing ever since the YSRCP won the 2019 Assembly election, Jagan has been declaring he will make sure that three capitals will happen during his 5-year term. However, farmers have been protesting against the YSRCP government’s decision on three capitals and have been on strike ever since, even bearing the government’s ill-treatment.
In a latest incident that got Andhra’s political circles talking, Jagan found himself in an awkward situation where he inaugurated the City Courts complex with Chief Justice N.V. Ramana in Amaravati with a budget of Rs. 100 crore. While this exposes double standards of the YSRCP on its judicial capital promise, many are pointing fingers at how this and many other hasty decisions of the government is actually making it difficult for YSRCP to pitch itself for the next assembly election.
This also reflects how people are observing the double standards of the YSRCP and the party not sticking to its stand. Additionally, it indicates how the party’s cards may be eventually falling in Andhra Pradesh if it doesn’t tread cautiously from here on.
TEJASWINI PAGADALA is an independent communications consultant. She has previously worked with the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office as the Communications Officer where she has written English speeches for the CM, managed English media communication from the CMO and handled social media accounts of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and the Government.