JanaSena party chief Pawan Kalyan on 7th January said the Andhra Pradesh government is acting provocative, while the farmers of the capital city (Amaravati) are democratically expressing their protest.
The behaviour of police personnel with farmers is not at all acceptable, said Pawan Kalyan.
The government is trying to keep the farmers and Women away from their protests by creating terror, he said.
“JanaSena Party Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member Bonabiyina Srinivasa Yadav is made house arrest even before the beginning of the protest programme. Party secretary Chillapalli Srinivas was taken into custody showing no reason and he was shifted to the police station,” said Kalyan.
If the government feels that they can stop agitations by these measures, it is a major blunder, he said.
Mr. Kalyan said that the government is doing injustice to the farmers who sacrificed their lands by shifting the capital city from Amaravati.
He also said that “what it appears that even the people of Visakhapatnam are not happy about executive capital. There is acute Backwardness in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts in north coastal Andhra Pradesh. Migrations are higher from these parts. The government has no such plans to develop these districts. Moreover, Visakhapatnam will be too long for the People of Rayalaseema to reach and it is too difficult to Travel from Rayalaseema to Visakhapatnam.”
It appears the YCP government is not taking into consideration the strong opposition being expressed by the people of Rayalaseema. Moreover, change in the capital city is creating more hurdles even to the employees. The employees who shifted from Hyderabad to Amaravati are now made arrangements to make their Children study in Vijayawada and Guntur regions and they are settling down just now. They may be burdened if they are asked to shift their families again to Visakhapatnam, he said.
He said it is now becoming a ‘capital city of hanging in balance‘ to all the regions. It is not giving satisfaction to all.
The residents of Amaravati region wanted the capital city in the area where they sacrificed their lands for the purpose, said Kalyan.
The Maha Padayatra organised by the farmers and the Women in the capital city area reflected their concern, he said.
The government shall realize that the people will take up agitations more strongly and vigorously if it attempts to suppress their protests sternly, he added.