After remaining silent on the new capital, politicians and activists from Rayalaseema have decided to step up protests against the possibility of a new Andhra Pradesh capital coming up in the fertile regions of Krishna and Guntur districts.
Leaders and intellectuals from six districts of Kadapa, Anantapur, Chittoor, Kurnool, Prakasam and Nellore are participating in the meeting, and an umbrella organization “Rayalaseema Abhivruddhi Vedika“ will be launched in the meeting, leaders said. “One mistake should not lead to another,“ said Justice Reddy, who is the spirit behind the capital for Rayalaseema movement. “Failure to honor the gentleman’s agreement resulted in the T-movement and the break i n g away of region as a sepa rate state. To prevent another movement for separate state, the Sri Bagh pact, reached between the Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra regions in 1937 must be honoured,“ Justice Reddy told TOI.
The main point in the agreement specifies that whenever an Andhra state is created, the capital should be located in Rayalaseema region, and the High Court in Guntur district, he said.
“Since the Telangana formation is described as nothing but demerger of the constituent parts of AP, the original Andhra state has been restored, following the bifurcation. So, the capital should go to Rayalaseema, as per the gentlemen’s a g r e e ment,“ he said.
Capital is the only opportunity for Rayalaseema to overcome backwardness which couldn’t be tackled in the last 50 years,“ he said.
The region is a backward area. Industries cannot be set up. Irrigation is not flourishing. Capital alone is the hope.If capital is located, the associated growth would benefit the people and region,“ Somasekhar, the Rayalaseema Rajadhani Sadhna Samiti leader from Anantapur added.