'Maha Padayatra': AP HC grants conditional permission; limits crowd strength to 600

On September 9, the HC in its order said that not more than 600 people should take part in the padayatra and Samithi members should submit their identity cards to the police in advance, and apply for permission for holding a public meeting during the pada yatra.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  10 Sep 2022 6:10 AM GMT
Maha Padayatra: AP HC grants conditional permission; limits crowd strength to 600

Andhra Pradesh High Court has granted 'conditional' permission to the Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi, to carry out 60-day 'Maha Padayatra' from Amaravati to Arasavalli.

The yatra's main aim was to mobilize public opinion for one capital. Interestingly, BJP, TDP, CPI, CPI (M), and Jana Sena have extended their support to the maha padayatra.

On September 9, the HC in its order said that not more than 600 people should take part in the padayatra and Samithi members should submit their identity cards to the police in advance, and apply for permission for holding a public meeting during the pada yatra.

Maha Pada Yatra

Maha Padayatra will go through Guntur, Bapatla, Krishna, Eluru, West Godavari, East Godavari, Ambedkar Konaseema, Kakinada, Anakapalli, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, and Srikakulam. It will start on September 12 and will continue for 60 days. Landowners from 29 villages in and around Amaravati are leading the yatra to mark the 1,000 days of protest. They are demanding that Amaravati be made the sole capital of Andhra Pradesh.

DGP rejects letter

Organizers approached the high court after Director General of Police (DGP) K.V. Rajendra Nath Reddy rejected the permission for holding Maha Padayatra. After hearing arguments, the court gave conditional permission for 600 farmers to undertake Padayatra. The HC questioned DGP on why they wouldn't be able to provide security for the farmers during Padayatra.

YSRCP response

Minister for Information Technology Minister Gudivada Amarnath reacted to this issue by criticizing Telugu Desam Party(TDP) national president N. Chandrababu Naidu for extending his support to the Maha Padayatra. He accused Naidu of having a real estate business in Amaravati. He said that is the reason he was against the three-capital idea.

Speaking to the media, the Minister asked Mr. Naidu to realize that the idea of three-capital is not ignoring Amaravati. Three capital is part of the decision for decentralized development. Making Visakhapatnam as the Executive capital to benefit the state in the larger interest of the state, Amaravati continues to be the legislative capital.

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