While the farmers protesting in Delhi have caught the headlines of the national media, only a small number of people are aware of the ongoing protest of the farmers in the Amaravati region of Andhra Pradesh. The farmers have started their protest on 18th December 2019, it has been almost a year. Despite the adversities, the farmers never backed down and are demanding the government for justice.
On 17th December 2019, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy introduced the government’s decision to have three capitals in the state. This decision would jeopardize Amaravati farmers who gave up their land for setting up of the capital back in the year 2014. The very next day, farmers started protesting demanding the government to take back their decision.
During the course of the year, several farmers lost their lives protesting for the capital city Amaravati. Recently a farmer named Maddala Sudhakar had died of a heart attack in Neerukonda. He gave up 8 acres of his land for the construction of the capital.
On the occasion of completing one year of protest demanding Amaravati as the capital of the state, Amaravati Parirakshana Committee is conducting a massive rally tomorrow i.e; 15th December. The committee gave a call to all the parties except for the ruling YSRCP to participate and make it a grand success.
The government’s negligence towards the needs of the farmers has been the root cause of both these protests. It is high time, the Centre and State government’s stopped feigning ignorance towards the needs of the farmers and start working for protecting their interests.