With the cabinet meeting right around the corner which took prominence over the capital issue, did the Jagan-led government already made up its mind to shift the capital to Visakhapatnam? is the state government making all necessary arrangement to bring law and order into its control? Falling to foil up the intensifying farmers’ agitations, is the government resorting to oppressing the protests with power?
Yes, says the G.O issued by the state government on Friday yet again proving Jagan and his team for governing the state with an iron fist. In the line of the orders issued, the state government had invoked the National Security Act in the State under which any person can be detained by the police for three months without stating any reason. This will empower the district collectors, magistrates and commissioners of police in the state with the National Security Act. With this order, the government can detain a person for up to 3 months, in any part of the State.
This move from the government’s end which came close on the heels of High Power committee meeting to take a stand on capital shift has been receiving criticism from all ends of the political spectrum. ‘The National Security Act,1980 (No 65 of 1980)- Extension of period for empowering all the empower the district collectors, magistrates and commissioners of police in of Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam to exercise powers of detention thereunder for a further three months from January 16, 2020, to April 15, 2020,” read the G.O issued by Nilam Sawhney, the Chief Secretary to government.
Condemning the orders, leaders of the main opposition TDP took to the social media. MP Galla Jayadev stated that the government had resorted to this move to suppress Save Amaravati movement. On the other hand, top authorities at the CMO claims this to be a routine protocol after every three months and that the oppositions are making unnecessary fuzz out of it.
Unable to suppress the #SaveAmaravati movement, AP Govt has resorted to oppressing the people. With this order the Govt can detain a person for upto 3 months, in any part of the State. If this not oppression then what is? Where is the #threat to #NationalSecurity in the State? pic.twitter.com/49OOXlpOn4
— Jay Galla (@JayGalla) January 17, 2020