Opposing the Andhra Pradesh government's proposal to decentralise the capital, Actor-politician and Jana Sena Party (JSP) president Pawan Kalyan has given his support to Amaravati as capital of Andra Pradesh.
“Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had supported the Amaravati proposal when he was the Leader of the Opposition,” Pawan Kalyan said. Speaking to reporters at the JSP office in Mangalagiri in Amaravati, Pawan Kalyan said that his party would stand by the farmers who sacrificed their fertile land for Amaravati. The farmers gave their land to the Andhra Pradesh government and not to any political party, he noted.
Pawan said that Jagan was "confusing and worrying the farmers of Amaravati" and asked the CM to clarify whether he was the representative of the state or a particular region.
Meanwhile, the Rajadhani Rythu Parirakshana Samithi (Amaravati farmers protection committee) approached the High Court against the state government's proposed move. The court will hear the case in January 2020.
Earlier this month, an expert committee headed by GN Rao, which was constituted by the YSRCP government to decide the state capital, had recommended three capitals for the state — a legislative one in Amaravati, an executive one in Visakhapatnam and a judicial capital in Kurnool.