Amaravati: “We want Amaravati to be the only capital of Andhra Pradesh. CM Jagan should withdraw his idea of three capitals” – This was the only slogan heard during Maha Padayatra 2.0 which started from Venkatapalem village in Arasavilli in Srikakulam district on September 12. With 600 farmers from 29 villages, the 60-day Maha Padayatra will pass through Guntur, Bapatla, Krishna, Eluru, West Godavari, East Godavari, Ambedkar Konaseema, Kakinada, Anakapalli, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. The specially decorated chariot with Sri Surya Narayana Swamy as the charioteer of Sri Venkateswara Swamy was one of the attractions.
Landowners from 29 villages in and around Amaravati, under the leadership of Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi, lead the yatra to mark the 1,000 days of protest. Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan is said to have ordered JSP cadres to extend solidarity to Amaravati farmers and participate in Maha Padayatra.
The first phase of the padayatra has reached Tirupati in Rayalaseema and now the farmers have decided to seek help from the North Coast PA.
‘Jagan, withdraw your idea from the 3 capitals’
Criticizing the chief minister’s decision to have three capitals for the state, a farmer participating in padayatra said, “Vizag is the executive capital, but the government has not spent money on development. The Chief Minister is expected to follow in the footsteps of his father YS Rajasekhar Reddy and learn a lot. What he is doing now is not supported by the people of the state. We won’t stop our fight until he pulls out the three key ideas.
“No one can beat us”
“Let him be the chief minister, but we will not let the state take a wrong path. The majority of us are over 55, but no one can beat us. This is Maha Padayatra 2.0, which is a stronger fight,” he added. said Amaravati member Parirakshana Samithi.
A planned yatra
The Maha Padayatra takes place in a planned manner. The participants came prepared with all the necessary things for the 60 day yatra. A van has been fitted out with changing rooms to store their belongings and two vans have been fitted out with 20 bio-toilets for the use of the farmers. A medical team with an ambulance is there to provide medical assistance. A team has been deployed for security and different departments have been assigned to manage food, accommodation and other facilities for the farmers.