About 1 lakh NRIs hailing from Andhra Pradesh and residing in 300 cities in various countries across the globe took to streets on Saturday, July 4, 2020 to express their support to "Amaravathi agitation" which completed 200 days on July 4.
Holding placards and raising slogans, the NRIs demanded AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to drop his decision to create three capitals for AP and retain Amaravathi as the only capital of AP in the larger interests of AP state, people, economy and development.
AP NRIs from the United States Ireland, Kuwait, South Africa, France, Germany, Austria, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and other countries came on to the roads holding placards 'Don't Kill Amaravati, Build Amaravati'.
The NRIs agitation was called by Jayaram Komati, a noted NRI in the US.
The Opposition TDP has called for protests in 200 cities across the world to mark the completion of 200 days of Amaravathi agitation but NRIs from 300 countries joined the protests making it a big success and sending a clear and loud message to AP CM Jagan that they will not tolerate the 'killing of Amaravathi' for political reasons. Women, men, children, elderly in 300 cities expressed their support to the cause.
The rulers were stunned to see such a massive support to Amaravati cause, said Jayaram Komati.
This event was conducted across the world in full adherence to COVID rules.
NRIs from different countries joined the Amaravati solidarity event as per the rules of the local governments.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, they participated in the event in small groups of 15-20 people. Many more participated in the event from their homes in virtual mode.
The protesters alleged that the dream of Amaravati as the capital of six crore people has crumbled. The efforts to bring Singapore -- one of the most respected countries in the world -- on board have gone waste as the Jaganmohan government dubbed it as a real estate project and scared the country away.
"This was the respect shown by the Jagan government to the country which is respected all over the world and came forward to help us," a protester said. The government's decision to kill a booming city and trifurcate it has not only altered the status of the state capital, it has destroyed the people's faith in government systems. The protesters feel that the decision strangled the sacrifice and made sure people can never trust a government.
TDP leaders say the solidarity is unprecedented. "Never in history, NRIs have taken part in a protest movement on such a large scale. Now, they have come out in a single voice with one state one capital slogan," they said.