President of India briefed about Amaravati Capital Issue – Raghurama Raju


YSRCP ‘rebel’ Lok Sabha member Raghu Rama Krishna Raj, on Tuesday met President Ram Nath Kovind and submitted two letters – one seeking central forces protection and the second on retaining Amaravati as capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Raju, who recently invited the wrath of his party for his alleged anti-party opinions, on Tuesday held detailed discussions over the Andhra Pradesh government’s plan to change the capital city to Vizag. In a meeting that lasted more than an hour, the YSRCP Lok Sabha MP appealed to the President to retain Amaravati as the executive capital as it has necessary infrastructure. He also submitted a letter to the President in this regard.

In another letter, Raju sought central forces protection apprehending a threat to his life from party leaders. Raju explained in detail the current political environment in Andhra Pradesh. Raju has informed the President that his own party MLAs in Narasapuram constituency were staging protests by burning his effigies and threatening him for raising certain issues. Raju also informed Ram Nath Kovind that he was receiving threat calls from YSRCP leaders from his constituency and that the party leaders were threatening that he would be burnt to death if he visited his constituency.

Raju had already written a letter to this effect to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.On June 27, Raju had met Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Home Kishan Reddy and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla in New Delhi in this regard.

Later talking to media persons, Raju slammed the Jagan government for its anti-constitutional decisions. He pointed out that the Andhra Pradesh government had passed the Decentralisation Bill and the AP Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) Repeal Bill. However, the two Bills were stalled in the Legislative Council in January in the state Assembly. The Bills were referred to the chairman of the Select Committee of the Council. Council chairman MA Shariff referred the Bills to Select Committees.

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