Amaravati, Aug 26: In the wake of speculations that the Capital city in Andhra Pradesh will be shifted from Amaravati to some other place, large number of farmers, who have given their lands voluntarily for its construction, staged a protest dharna at Krishnayapalem village on Monday demanding the government to make its stand clear on the issue.
The farmers squatted on the road and raised slogans against the proposal of shifting the capital city from Amaravati. It may be mentioned here that Minister for Municipal Administration Botcha Satyanarayana and BJP MP T G Venkatesh made statements stating that capital city of Andhra Pradesh might not come up in Amaravati.
The farmers dismissed the Minister’s comments that capital city Amaravati is in low lying area and might be inundated when there is heavy flood in river Krishna.
They demanded the Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy to allay the apprehensions of people on the capital city issue by making a statement. Following the farmers protest by squatting on the road, several vehicles got stranded for about two kilometres on either side of the road which leads to the Secretariat.
Later the farmers met BJP State President Kanna Lakshminarayana in Guntur and appealed him to extend support to their agitation in protest against the shifting of Capital Amaravati to some other place. Later talking to media, Mr Lakshminarayana said that he had written a letter to Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy to make a statement on the Capital shifting issue but no response has received so far. TDP Senior leader and former Minister P Pulla Rao expressed anger over the comments of Ministers Botcha Satyanarayana, Buggana Rajendranath, M Gautham Reddy on the capital city issue.
Talking to media in Chilakaluripet in Guntur district, he said that their comments further exaggerated the speculations on shifting of capital city from Amaravati. He demanded the Central government and Chief Minister y to make a clear statement on the issue.
Meanwhile, TDP Senior leader and former Minister Paritala Sunita warned of embarking on a fast-unto-death if the government shifts the Capital city from Amaravati. (UNI)