Confusions prevailed in Andhra apolitical circles with the Union Petroleum ministry reply to one of the questions in recent session of the Lok Sabha. Further triggering the debate over the Visakhapatnam as the capital of AP, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday mentioned Vishakapatnam as the Capital of Andhra Pradesh.
While statement created confusion in the politics circles, The Union Government on Sunday evening issued a notice correcting the error it has committed. “In the annexure, the details given in the third column mentioning the cities was only in the sense of giving a reference city for the purpose of state levies and duty prevalent in the concerned state. The heading of column number 3 may please be read as “Capital City/Reference City”, the statement read.
The statement also specified that the Lok Sabha secretariat was also informed about the amendment. It may be recalled that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government proposed to set up executive capital in Visakhapatnam, legislative capital in Amaravati and judicial capital in Kurnool and enacted legislation for the same.