Chief Minister’s announcement at the 74th Independence Day ceremony in Vijayawada came at a time when the Andhra Pradesh High Court extended the status quo on the three capitals bill matter. Currently, the AP High Court is hearing a record number of 55 public interest litigation petitions challenging the legislation to form three capitals in the state that were approved by the Governor.
On August 15, Jagan announced that laying of the foundation stone for the executive capital at Visakhapatnam and judicial capital at Kurnool would happen soon. After unfurling the tricolour, the Chief Minister stressed upon the need for decentralised development and mentioned that the decision for three capitals was in line with his government’s vision for balanced growth of the state.
“The bifurcation of the combined Andhra Pradesh in 2014 has left deep wounds on the people of the state, and they are deeply hurt. Decentralisation of development and balanced growth in all the three regions of the state by forming three capital cities is the only way to undo the injustice done to Andhra Pradesh due to bifurcation,” Jagan said.
Adding that foundation stones for the executive capital at Visakhapatnam and judicial capital at Kurnool will be laid “very soon”.
The YSRCP government’s plan to lay the foundation stone on August 16 for the construction of the executive capital at Visakhapatnam came to a sudden halt with the intervention of the High Court. The state high court’s interim order extended the status quo on the three capitals plan till August 27. The government has petitioned in the Supreme Court seeking to vacate the stay, but the SC has not taken up the case till now. Only time will tell if the government gets relief from the highest court in the land or it continues to implement its plans ignoring the status quo orders willfully.