In what can be quoted as one of the sensational decisions in the states politics history, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan has given his assent for the AP Decentralisation And Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020 on Friday.
In a move which helps the state government to fulfil its long-standing ‘three-capital’ dream, the Governor also signed the AP Capital Region Development Authority (Repeal) Bill. This has officially cleared the hurdles for Jagan government which has already kickstarted the ‘decentralisation of governance’ procedures.
It is to the known knowledge that the bills faced a blockade in the Council which has opposition TDP’s majority. The council referring the two Bills to a Select Committee has sent ripples in the Andhra politics, while the Bills were re-introduced and adopted unanimously in the Assembly.
However, they did not pass the Council once again on June 17. The government then sent the bills to the Governor for his assent under Article 197 (1) and (2) of the Constitution after a month has elapsed.
With the approval of the Governor, Amaravati will be the Legislative Capital, Visakhapatnam the Executive Capital and Kurnool the Judicial Capital. Political circles in Andhra are now rife with speculations that all the officials and HODs will be deployed in the process of shifting secretariat to Visakhapatnam.