Poll alliance partners Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Miniter N Chandrababu Niadu and Janasena Party chief and Power star Pawan Kalyan today turned into bitter foes by questioning each other on the rationality behind land pooling for setting up new capital city.
Just two days ago two leader met at the residence of the chief minister and demonstrated solidarity with regard to alleged `injustice'being extended by the Narendra Modi government with regard to extending financial assistance and also according `special status'to the state. They had decided to jointly question the prime minister in this regard.
However, this solidarity turned short lived as the Power star in a whirlwind tour in the capital region of Guntur district, expressed solidarity with the farmers who are concerned over taking over of their fertile agricultural lands for the new capitl. He went to the extent of announcing he is ready to stage an indefinite fast if necessary in defense of hapless farmers who are forced to give up their livelihood option and only source of bread and butter.
Even Chandrababu Naidu asserted his position and said he is doing only to benefit farmers. He said that he is aiming at setting up `people's capital', which would bring fortunes at the doorstep of the farmers as that would led to abnormal hike in the prices of their lands. He recalled that for the first time in a democracy with out resorting to acquring land by using provisiong of land acquisition act, encourased farmers to voluntariely contribute their land for their own benefit.
But Pawan declared that 33,000 acres was not needed for building the capital. He wondered whether such huge land acquisition was necessary for building a capital city and why not start with small capital and grow year by year as its utilities and need enlarged. ' We don't need lands with tears of farmers. Such acquisition will cast bad impact on the new capital,' said Pawan Kalyan while addressing the farmers at Undavalli. He also asked the people not to surrender their lands till the he told them to do so.
Cutioning Chandrababu Naidu he said that 'If one village cries hoarse against land loss, it will not be a smooth sailing for the development and building of a new state.' He said he was also eager to build a world class capital but he was not keen on building it at the loss of land and tears of the farmers.
He said he would appeal to TDP government to not grab the fertile lands from the farmers in the name of deadlines. 'From this moment I will fight for the farmers' rights and benefit and also plead with the BJP at the centre to change the clauses in the land acquisition ordinance so that the farmers are not put to difficulties and their livelihood options are not grabbed from them.
Strongly questioning opposition to land pooling, the chief minister asked them to know the process of development in the world. He rediculed left parties opposition to land pooling and asked `they can built their party offices in five or ten acres, but want to construct capital city in 1,000 acres ?'