Vijayawada, November 24: YSRC government is actively considering two options before introducing a new Bill on the three capitals issue.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said the government would come back with the bill after a wide range of consultations with the stakeholders.

It may be recalled that Jagan highlighted the Sri Bagh Agreement which was signed by the elders at the time of the creation of Andhra State in 1953.

According to this agreement, Kurnool was made the capital of the state. Under the agreement, the civil secretariat was to function from Kurnool, while High Court would be set up in Guntur

If the chief minister's reference to this arrangement of Sri Bagh Agreement indicates that the government is considering the proposal to shift Assembly to Kurnool while retaining High Court in Amaravati.

It seems to be Amaravati would become the Judicial Capital, while Kurnool will be the Legislative Capital. As proposed earlier Vizag city will be the Executive Capital of Andhra Pradesh.

The YSRC government plans to keep Amaravati as Judicial Capital to avoid the intervention of the Supreme Court Collegium.

It may be recalled that High Court chief justice Prashant Kumar Mishra had questioned the state government on its proposal of having Judicial Capital at Kurnool and sought clarity on the proposal.

If the Chief Justice's remarks are any indication of legal trouble for the three capitals plan, the new proposal to retain High Court and Legislature in Kurnool would make things smooth for the government.

However, it is not clear what steps the government would take. Jagan Mohan Reddy's plans to shift the capital to Vizag city.

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