Amidst the protests over the Chief Minister Jagan’s statement on the state capital Amaravati, here comes another controversial statement from one of the Ministers. Tensions rose high in Velagapudi and Vijayawada with farmers from 29 villages in the capital region Amaravati calling for protests and hunger strikes on Thursday. Which probably forced the government to give a statement that in turn triggered a wave of controversies.
Andhra Pradesh Minister for Panchayat Raj and Mines Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy set ripples in political circles stating that the government is looking into returning back the pooled lands to the farmers in Amaravati. Backing up the proposal with a decentralised administration, Peddireddy stated that the step would help them in building up the next two capitals in Kurnool and Visakhapatnam. He then breathed fire on the Opposition leaders for unnecessarily adding fuel to the protests. “TDP leaders are taking hue of the situations. They are demotivating the farmers and encouraging them to turn against the government,” he added. He then stated that most of the farmers were forced to give their land while only a few gave on a voluntary basis. “We are trying to serve them justice,” said the senior YSRCP leader.