`The big climbdown': Timeline of events leading to three capital bill rollback

In December 2019, CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy made a statement in the Assembly hinting about three capitals. Protests broke out in the Amaravati capital region on the same day and continued to date.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  23 Nov 2021 2:47 AM GMT
`The big climbdown: Timeline of  events leading to three capital bill rollback

Vijayawada, November 22: December 17, 2019: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy made a statement in the Assembly hinting about three capitals. Protests broke out in the Amaravati capital region on the same day and continued to date.

December 20, 2019: GN Rao committee submitted a report to the AP government suggesting to trifurcate capital for the overall development of the state. Bill passed in the assembly.

December 29, 2019: The state government formed a high power committee to study the GN Rao committee report.

January 20, 2020: Cabinet approved the report of the high power committee on three capitals and draft bills for trifurcation of capital.

January 21, 2020: Andhra Pradesh assembly passed CRDA Repeal Act and bill to decentralize capital.

January 22, 2020: Bill was introduced in the legislative council, referred to a select committee.

January 22, 2020: Amaravati farmers moved AP High Court challenging the twin legislations.

April 24, 2020: The high court issued notices to the state and central governments to file affidavits in PIL filed challenging shifting of executive capital to Visakhapatnam.

July 23, 2020: The high court issued notices to the state and central governments to file affidavits in all petitions filed connected to three capitals and bifurcation issues.

June 16, 2020: AP Assembly passes the bill for the second time.

July 31, 2020: Governor gives assent to three capital bill. Over 150 petitions were filed in the High Court. They were compressed to 57 petitions.

August 4, 2020: High Court stays capital bill and adjourns the case to August 14

August 12, 2020: Governor gives assent to three capital bill.

August 26, 2020: Supreme Court declines to interfere with the stay orders issued by the High Court on the three capitals row.

November 15, 2021: Hearing finally resumes on capital petitions before the special bench of Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra, Justice M Satyanarayana Murthy, and Justice D V S S Somayajulu.

November 22, 2021: State government informed the high court that the cabinet has resolved to repeal both the impugned legislations.

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