Joining a growing chorus in Andhra Pradesh, BJP State president and Visakhapatnam MP K Haribabu has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take steps to appoint a new Governor just for the state.
Pointing out that ESL Narasimhan, who is presently the commons Governor for Andhra Pradesh, was functioning from Hyderabad, the senior BJP leader said that they wanted a Governor who stayed in Andhra
“There is a strong feeling and desire in the minds of the people of Andhra Pradesh to have a Governor exclusively for the newly-formed State, which will enable the smooth functioning of the administration,” Haribabu said in his letter.
Outlining the bifurcation of the state in 2014, Haribabu wrote, “Later, Amaravati was announced as the new capital. With the construction of the temporary Secretariat, the administration shifted there. There is also a demand for division of High Court of the two States functioning in Hyderabad. A separate HC should be established for AP.”
Last week, expressing his displeasure that the Governor did not approve a bill, the BJP floor leader in Andhra’s Legislative Assembly Vishnu Kumar Raju accused Narasimhan of being biased.
Raju, who is also the Visakhapatnam North MLA, claimed that Narasimhan was supporting Telangana and had been showing a ‘step-motherly’ attitude towards Andhra.
Addressing reporters in Visakhapatnam, Raju said that the Andhra government sent a Bill on conversion of agriculture land into non-agricultural land on December 3, 2017. The bill would help in drawing investments to the state, he said.
The bill, also known as the NALA Act, 2016, was rejected by the Governor, even as he approved a similar bill from Telangana, the BJP MLA alleged.
“I came to know that the Governor has once again sent it back seeking a clarification. All this indicates his lack of affection towards AP and his acts are detrimental to development of business in the State,” the MLA was quoted as saying.