Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said on Thursday the “judiciary has crossed its boundaries” and went against the federal spirit by issuing an impractical order over the three capitals issue, saying the March 3 ruling of the AP Supreme Court on the matter “can not. be implemented.”
He claimed his government would continue with the decentralization plan (by establishing three different capitals for the state) as there was no alternative to it.
“Decentralization is our policy. Decisions about capitals are our right and responsibility,” the Prime Minister continued, concluding a brief discussion in the Legislative Assembly.
The Supreme Court ruling, delivered by a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra, was “like questioning not only the Constitution but also the powers of the legislature”. It was against the federal spirit and the legislature, the prime minister noted.
“Will the judiciary make laws? The legislature will then have no meaning. The judiciary has exceeded its limits, which is unjustified and unsolicited,” Mr Reddy said.
“We do not run this House to insult the Supreme Court. We have great respect for the Supreme Court. At the same time, the Legislature has the responsibility to protect the honor and powers of the Assembly,” he noted.
Referring to the Supreme Court order that the state government and the AP Capital Region Development Authority complete infrastructure development such as roads, drinking water, drainage, electricity in the Amaravati capital and region within one month, the prime minister asked if it would be in any case. way possible.
The court also ordered the state to build and develop the capital and capital of Amaravati within six months.
“The HK ruling is contrary to the Supreme Court’s orders that courts should not render judgments that cannot be implemented. The HK ruling (of March 3) cannot be implemented,” Mr Reddy stressed.
He announced that there was no return to decentralization.
“This (decentralization) is the right path, even if it is full of obstacles. Decentralization means development of all regions. It is everyone’s self-respect. Decentralization has no alternative,” the prime minister said.
He said the government is seeking legal advice on the way forward and exploring alternatives in line with the Constitution.
The AP High Court had earlier ruled that the state legislature “has the power” to make any legislation for the relocation, division or division of the capital.