The High Court of Andhra Pradesh extended the “status quo” on the Capital issue till August 27. The court asked the officials as to what was the urgent need to shift the capital during the pandemic.
To this, the government advocate Rakesh Trivedi said that the government had to perform some duties. He urged the court to adjourn the haring to a later date but not extend the “status quo”. He said that the court orders were preventing the government from shifting various offices to the new capital. He said the “statu quo” orders were preventing the government from implementing other laws.
However, this argument was opposed by the petitioner’s advocate. He said that they had pleaded for “status quo” just because the laws were violated and urged the court not to lift the orders.
The petitioner’s advocate said that the three-capital Bill was passed in violation of the Constitutional guidelines.
The court said that the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 made a mention of only one capital but not three capitals and made it clear that it would hear to the arguments with regard to the petitions directly.
AP Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan is determined to implement the three-capital formula which he says is necessary to ensure equal development of all the regions in the state. However, the Opposition party, TDP, has been opposing it stating that they had carried out some works relating to the Capital in Amaravati.