It has been five years since Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted soil from Parliament and water from the Yamuna for construction of Amaravati capital city. The place where the PM laid foundation in Uddandarayunipalem still stands as the witness to the promise made to over 30,000 farmers who gave more than 33,000 acres of land for the capital city.
Marking the date, Amaravati Joint Action Committee along with farmers and leaders held protests across the 29 Amravati villages and has carried out Maha Padayatra, a long walk from Rayapudi village to Uddandarayunipalem where the foundation was laid.
Tensions prevailed high in and around Amaravathi with large forces of police who were deployed resorted to manhandling the farmers protesting in various tents. Farmers started their protest from the statue of Mother Theresa in Guntur while the JAC leaders were part of the program.
Thousands of farmers participated in the rally holding placards reading ‘Capital Amaravati Yesterday’s Glory, Today’s Plight’, ‘Amaravati Choopu-Modi Vaipu’ urging the Prime Minister to save the dream of Amaravati and thousands of farmers.
Meanwhile, Municipal administration and urban development minister Botsa Satyanarayana appealed to the farmers not to fall prey to the political vendetta of Opposition supremo and former chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. The government is committed to developing all the 29 villages in Amaravati.