Amaravati will remain the ‘people’s capital’ of Andhra Pradesh: TDP leader Nara Lokesh

Lokesh made these remarks during his Yuva Galam padayatra at CK Palli in Raptadu Assembly constituency of Anantapuramu district.


Published Apr 01, 2023 | 6:06 PM Updated Apr 01, 2023 | 6:06 PM

TDP scion Nara Lokesh is on a 4,000-km Yuva Galam yatra in bid to revitalise party. (Supplied)

Amaravati will win the battle and remain as the “people’s capital” of Andhra Pradesh, Opposition TDP leader Nara Lokesh said as the agitation by the farmers who donated lands to build the greenfield capital, touched a milestone of 1,200 days.

Lokesh, who is the general secretary of the TDP, made these remarks expressing confidence about Amaravati continuing as the state’s capital, during his padayatra called Yuva Galam at CK Palli in Raptadu Assembly constituency of Anantapuramu district.

“Your sacrifice will not go to waste and Amaravati will certainly remain as the people’s capital,” Lokesh said, as per a statement shared with the media on Friday, 31 March.

TDP to the rescue?

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had recently announced that the state administration would be functioning from the port city of Visakhapatnam.

The ruling YSRCP had also moved the Supreme Court over the trifurcation of state capitals following the Andhra Pradesh High Court’s verdict in March 2022, directing the state government to develop Amaravati as the state’s capital. The matter is currently pending in the apex court.

Reacting to this complaint, Lokesh observed that six lakh people “lost” their pensions, while another six lakh people are likely to suffer the same fate soon, but promised that the TDP would reinstate them on returning to power in the state.

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More issues in the mix

Likewise, representatives from the Valmiki and Boya communities have appealed to the Opposition leader to include them in the Backward Classes (BC) list as their lives were impoverished, whereas Kuruba community members complained that ₹2 lakh loan facility was withdrawn by the dispensation.

Meanwhile, Lokesh asserted that sand is illegally being transported to Bengaluru with the support of a ruling party MLA and claimed that apparel company Jockey exited the southern state, resulting in job loss for nearly 6,000 people.

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