Advisor to the Government Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy on Tuesday said locating the executive capital in port city Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is certain and the litigation in courts was only delaying its establishment. “One month this way or that way, but locating the Executive Capital in Visakhapatnam is certain. We have decided to make Vizag the Executive Capital as part of decentralisation of administration,” State Government Advisor (Public Affairs) Sajjala told reporters here. The ongoing litigation in courts was only delaying the establishment of the Executive Capital in Vizag, he pointed out. “We hope there will be a favourable outcome (in the court) and we will move to Vizag in the next three-four months,” Sajjala added.
Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy first mooted the three capitals idea in December 2019 and his government moved to enact an enabling legislation in the state Legislature in January 2020, with the Executive Capital in Visakhapatnam, Judicial Capital in Kurnool and Legislative Capital in Amaravati. That, however, did not happen as the Decentralisation Bill faced a hurdle in the Legislative Council, with the opposition parties stalling it. But, using the provisions of the Constitution, the government passed the Bill a
second time and secured the Governor’s assent.
The new Legislation, however, then faced a legal hurdle with the High Court imposing a stay and directing the state government not to go ahead with its plan of relocating the capital from Amaravati. “We need to showcase the fruits of decentralisation to the public in the next three years for which the government has been putting up effective arguments in the High Court in the ongoing cases filed against the three-capital plan,” Sajjala told reporters at the party office at Tadepalli. He said that the recent events have shown that some political forces were conspiring to divert the people’s attention from government welfare initiatives. He also accused TDP leaders of conspiring to prevent publicity for government schemes by diverting the people’s attention to political issues.
“The government has constituted an SIT to investigate the acts of desecration and attacks on idols and has already resolved some of the cases,” the senior leader said. “State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar released the Gram Panchayat poll schedule in such a way that it favoured the TDP, casting aside his responsibility as head of an independent constitutional body,” Sajjala said. He also alleged that the election schedule was unveiled to stall the Amma Vodi initiative. He wanted Ramesh Kumar to say why he didn’t conduct the local body elections in 2018 and why he didn’t use his constitutional powers to conduct polls during the TDP rule.
Sajjala said that it was clear that desecration of idols in temples was a conspiracy to hurt the sentiments of the people and divert attention from the house site distribution programme. “Never before has any state launched a scheme to hand over 31 lakh house sites to the homeless. A festive atmosphere prevails in the state. Unable to digest these good deeds, the opposition has conspired to create unrest in the State and caused such unfortunate incidents by vandalising temples,” he said, adding that faith is a personal matter that should not be used for politics. The government is very serious about desecration of temples and a SIT has been constituted for investigation, he added.
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