Followed by his statement in the state Assembly that the state government has no plans to shift the capital, state Municipal Administration Minister Botsa Satyanarayana triggered debates in the political fraternity. One of the senior leader holding a crucial ministry and being the one who previously made controversial statements on shifting the capital from Amaravati took prominence amidst the agitations from farmers from capital region. The main Opposition also held a tour in the region in support of the farmers grabbing the headlines.
Replying to a question raised by Telugu Desam Party members P Samanthakamani, G Deepak Reddy and P Ashok Babu in the Legislative Council, Botsa stated that there was no proposal to change the state capital from Amaravati. This came as a sign of relief to the farmers who has been protesting over the uncertainty in shifting the capital from Amaravati. Seems like Botsa didn’t take much time to bite the dust as his statement came in conflict with many of the YSRCP leaders. However, speaking to the media on Saturday, Botsa took a swift U-turn with his statements saying the ultimate decision on where to set up the state capital need to be taken based on an expert committee report. This has come as a reaction to his statement made in Assembly while a few of the political analysts speculated this to be out of pressure from his own cadre. Botsa also spoke about municipality elections and metro rail project in Vishkapatanam.