Criticising the TDP Government for resorting to forcible acquisition of land, YSR Congress has said that it would stand by the farmers who are not willing to part their land.
Party spokesperson and former minister K Parthasarathi deplored that even after acquiring 30,000 acres of land for the capital formation and having a large extent of land at its disposal, government resorting to threats to the farmers to surrender their land is atrocious and we oppose all such attempts.
The State has over 80,000 acres of degraded and other types of land in its possession and still, the government looking at the multi-crop land of farmers and using force to acquire it is highly objectionable and we will stand by all those farmers, he said.
Recalling that after their leader YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a deeksha, the state had announced that it would not take away any land forcibly, he wondered why it has again resorted to the same tactics now. He observed the burning of sugarcane crop of farmer Chandrasekhar and police dictating the report to their advantage shows the old pattern of the Government.
In the first phase it was forcible acquisition by TDP coterie for real estate business and in the second phase, from Chief Minister down to the party worker everyone threatening that the Land Acquisition Act will be invoked if the land is not given voluntarily. Arson had seen many crops and agricultural implements reduced to ashes and the officials setting a fear psychosis among the people, he added.
Meanwhile, the CPM activists and leaders staged a protest objecting the move. AP Govt announced that 300 acres of land would be acquitted in Thullur mandal and will be followed by other mandals for the construction of AP Capital, Amaravati. The protest lead to a clash between the CPM leaders of Undavalli region and the police as the latter prevented the state government effigy being burnt. The CPM leaders stated that the police mishandled them while they were protesting against the state government without causing any chaos.