The ‘three capital’ proposal in the winter sessions of the state assembly stirred up the flare in with protests launched by the farmers across all the 29 villages. On Wednesday the protests touched 30-day mark amidst the farmers’ resolution to stay away from the Sankranthi celebrations. However, the intensity of the agitations didn’t come down as the ‘Maha Dharna’ in Mandhadam & Thullur, relay protests in Velagapudi & Krishnayapalem were continued even on Makara Sankranthi day.
The 24-hours hunger strike called by the farmers was broken by the representative from the United Action Committee on Thursday. While Vijayawada leader Vangaveeti Radha recently visited the protesting farmers to convey his support, actor and Hindupur TDP MLA Balakrishna joined the protest on Thursday expressing solidarity. On this note, farmers and opposition leaders demanded the Jagan-led government to take back the capital shift proposal and to issue a public apology to the farmers.
On the other hand, both the GNR committee and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), an international consultancy firm submitted their respective reports to the state government which reportedly analysed various aspects of state capital development in Andhra Pradesh. Both the reports were apparently inclined towards the state government’s proposal to go with three capitals. However, an aggregated and final report will be submitted by the 16-membered high-powered committee constituted by the state government while the state Cabinet would discuss the three reports to take the final call.
While the High Power Committee is expected to submit its report within the stipulated three weeks of time, protesting farmers have claimed that neither of the committee members or ruling party MLA met them so far. Taking cue of the situations, the main opposition leaders came down heavily on Jagan and his government for not paying attention to the farmers’ grief and concerns. While a full-fledged meeting over the Amaravati issue is likely to take place on January 17 before the Cabinet clears the draft legislation, it still remained a question if the government is ready to hold a meeting with farmers. Many of the political analysts openly stated that it is high time that Chief Minister heeds the voices of farmers protesting from the past 30 days.