With the Andhra Pradesh government gearing up to name a new capital between Guntur and Vijayawada, the people of Rayalaseema are preparing to launch a massive movement for a separate state on the day a formal announcement is made.
writers from all Rayalaseema districts led by noted Telugu litterateur Kethu Viswanatha Reddy, who held a meeting in Kadapa town last week, have sent a petition to the state government, demanding the the Sribagh pact be honored under which an agreement was signed between Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra leaders in 1937, spelling out that the new capital will be situated in Rayalaseema.
He said if the AP government decides on the capital to be situated in the Vijayawada-Guntur region, at least a second capital should come up in Rayalaseema. “After a meeting of all Rayalaseema writers, we have sent our demands to chief minister Naidu last week,” he said.
New capital: A. P. bats for Vijayawada-Guntur
The Andhra Pradesh government has pitched for locating the new capital between Vijayawada and Guntur.
The government’s viewpoint was conveyed on Tuesday to K. Sivaramakrishnan, who is heading the committee constituted by the Union Government to identify a suitable place for the new capital. Andhra Pradesh Municipal Administration Minister P. Narayana along with State Government’s Special Representative in Delhi, K. Ram Mohan Rao held discussions on the issues relating to the new capital with Mr. Sivaramakrishnan.