Andhra Pradesh

‘Shifting capital is nothing but opposing Modi, Amit Shah’

Lending support: JSP president Pawan Kalyan with the farmers of the Capital region, in Mangalagiri on Saturday.

Lending support: JSP president Pawan Kalyan with the farmers of the Capital region, in Mangalagiri on Saturday.  

Pawan promises to take it up with PM if Jagan does not give up the idea

Reiterating that he will not allow the capital city to be shifted, Jana Sena Party (JSP) president Pawan Kalyan has said such a move is tantamount to opposing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former BJP national president Amit Shah, because it was with their knowledge and acceptance that Amaravati started to be developed by the TDP government.

He promised the people, particularly farmers who gave their lands for construction of Amaravati, to take up the issue with Mr. Modi if Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy did not give up the “ill-conceived idea” of changing the capital.

He cautioned Municipal Administration Minister Botcha Satyanarayana against making hasty statements lest the Volkswagen case in which he was allegedly involved, should return to haunt him.

Location

Addressing a meeting of farmers from the capital region at the JSP office here on Saturday, Mr. Kalyan said had Mr. Jagan come to power in 2014, he would have got the capital city built at a place of his choice, but since it was the TDP which was in power and chose Vijayawada-Guntur region, for which the Mr. Modi gave the green signal, there was no scope for going back, the consequences of which would be serious for generations to come.

He said Mr. Jagan certainly had the right to bring those who allegedly committed irregularities in the construction of Amaravati to justice, but he should not take steps that were retrograde citing his rivalry against the former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. For good or bad, Mr. Naidu took the decision that the capital city should be developed at Amaravati and his successor could take corrective action if he felt that something was wrong.

‘Don’t sell land’

Mr. Kalyan advised the land-owners in Amaravati not to sell their holdings fearing that the capital would be shifted, asserting that he would fight for their cause.

The JSP chief told Mr. Jagan that shifting the capital city could prove to be a costly gamble for him during the next elections, which could be held simultaneously for the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies much ahead of schedule going by Mr. Modi’s thinking, and pointed out that the Prime Minister would not tolerate corruption and misuse of power.

He stated that YSR Congress Party’s victory in 2019 elections could be due to the malfunctioning of EVMs or the changing times, suggesting power would not always be in the hands of one party.

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