Judges, Officers, get ready to move from Amaravati!
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was in Delhi for three days this week. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The meeting was crucial for Jagan Mohan Reddy and was very critical for the three top BJP leaders and the top players of the Central government.
It was crucial for Jagan because he has a set of things to be done on priority. The shifting of High Court to Kurnool and Secretariat to Visakhapatnam has to be done in the next three months. Even before that, the Judges in the AP High Court should prepare themselves to move out of Amaravati and stop hearings on decentralization petitions.
Somehow, the judges in AP seems to be not so happy with the government’s plans to shift the High Court to Kurnool, a smallest town in the State. They are neither happy to sit in Nowluru village (Amaravati) where there are no facilities. But, at the end of the day, Vijayawada city gives them some sort of relief when compared to what they have in Kunool. Perhaps this is the reason why some of the judges are entertaining petitions on decentralization and started hearings, which causes some discomfort to the government.
The other crucial issue for Jagan Mohan Reddy is to abolish the Legislative Council and this should happen at the earliest – at least before the budget session of the Assembly, scheduled to be held some time in March. The TDP is creating troubles for Jagan Mohan Reddy despite his thumping victory in the Assembly with 151 MLAs on hand out of the total 175.
It is critical for the BJP because the BJP is still short of numbers in the Rajya Sabha in Parliament. The BJP leadership is finding it tough every time to get some bills passed in the Rajya Sabha where the Congress has majority.
Jagan Mohan Reddy is getting stronger in the Rajya Sabha. His strength is set to increase from 2 now to 6 in April. This would mean a lot for the BJP in terms of getting through the Rajya Sabha.
The BJP is looking at the YSR Congress as a potential ally as the party has now 22 MPs in Lok Sabha and 2 in Rajya Sabha. Though the BJP does not require Jagan’s support in Lok Sabha, it is desparately looking for Jagan’s support in Rajya Sabha and that is where and why the week was critical for the BJP top leaders.
As the top leaders of the State government and the Central government have met and had discussions all through, it is time for the officers and judges to get ready to move, putting an end to the hearings on petitions.