On Thursday, a day before the Amaravati farmers’ public meeting, a large gathering was held here to promote the plan for three state capitals.
Hundreds of people turned out for Rayalaseema Intellectual Forum’s massive rally to mobilize support for its intended public meeting.
The Forum supports the state government’s decision to divide the state into three capital cities: Amaravati, Kurnool, and Visakhapatnam.
The march, which passed through several parts of the temple town, drew a significant number of students from various colleges.
The participants carried a banner stating support for decentralization of development while shouting “we want justice.”
However, several of the rally’s participants were unclear about its aim. They argued that Amaravati should remain the sole capital of the state.
The event took place a day before Amaravati farmers held a public gathering against three capitals and urged that Amaravati remain the only state capital. The public meeting comes two years after Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced his intention to create three state capitals.
Kurnool in the Rayalaseema region will be developed as the judicial capital, Visakhapatnam in north coastal Andhra will be developed as the administrative capital, and Amaravati will be kept merely as the legislative capital, according to the chief minister.
Farmers from 29 villages in the Amaravati region, who had donated 33,000 acres of land for the creation of the state capital, have been protesting the trifurcation for the past two years.
Farmers and women of Amaravati staged a “Maha Padayatra” from Amravati to Tirupati, demanding that Amaravati remain the only capital. The temple town is located in the Rayalaseema region’s Chittoor district.
On November 1, the “maha padayatra” began near the Andhra Pradesh High Court in Amaravati, with the slogan “court to temple.” It traveled through several cities and villages in the districts of Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore, and Chittoor before ending on December 14 in Tirupati.
The “Maha Padayatra” came to an end at Alipiri, in the foothills of Sri Venkateswara temple, after covering 450 kilometers in 44 days.
The Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi and the Amaravati Joint Action Committee sought to have a public gathering at the end of the “Maha Padayatra,” but the Chittoor district police declined their request, citing the possibility of law and order issues due to regional emotions.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court, on the other hand, granted them permission to have a public meeting on December 17th.
The court agreed to the meeting if certain criteria were met. The organizers were told to keep the meeting between 1 and 6 p.m. and to observe the Covid-19 protocol. Rayalaseema Hakkula Sadhana Samithi, a Rayalaseema rights group, intended to have a public meeting on the same day, but the court stated that two meetings cannot be held on the same day and suggested that the meeting be held on a different day.