Andhra Pradesh passes Bill to repeal controversial three-capital Act as protest from Amaravati farmers continues

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has said his government would bring a 'comprehensive, complete and better' Decentralisation Bill and the 2020 Act was being repealed to protect the larger interests of people

Press Trust of India November 22, 2021 15:19:58 IST

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Monday passed a Bill to repeal the controversial AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Act, 2020, that was intended to establish three capitals for the state.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, however, told the Assembly his government would bring a "comprehensive, complete and better" Decentralisation Bill. The 2020 Act was being repealed to protect the larger interests of people, he said.

"Our intention of a decentralised development of the state has been twisted, distorted and a misinformation launched. Also, legal hurdles were created and court cases filed," the chief minister alleged.

Without referring to the farmers of Amaravati region, who had been fighting the three capitals decision for more than 700 days now, Jagan said the government would explain "our genuine intention and the need for decentralisation" to all concerned and incorporate necessary changes in the new Bill.

The government had earlier hinted Andhra Pradesh could have three capitals — executive capital in Visakhapatnam and the legislative capital in Amaravati and judiciary capital in Kurnool.

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