Left parties in Andhra Pradesh on Friday demanded that the government convene an all-party meeting to discuss the package for farmers who have to part with their land for the capital.
The parties criticised the government for taking unilateral decisions on capital building without taking stakeholders, including farmers, into confidence. A delegation of Left parties on Friday visited the villages falling under the jurisdiction of the proposed capital.
The team, comprising representatives of the CPI, CPI (M), CPI-ML (New Democracy), CPI-ML (Liberation), SUCI (Communist), MCPI (U) and the All India Forward Bloc, interacted with farmers on the package announced by the government.
Addressing a meeting at Library Centre, CPI State secretary K. Ramakrishna demanded that the government implement the Land Acquisition Act 2013 and do justice to farmers, agriculture labourers, tenant farmers and land owners in Tullur and neighbouring villages.
Mr. Ramakrishna also questioned Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s motives behind his Singapore visit and the proposed acquisition of 30,000 acres of fertile land for the capital project. He wanted the government to come clear on land pooling issue and reveal the names of developers. He added that the Left parties were not against the new capital.
CPI (M) State secretary P. Madhu said nearly 1.50 lakh people lived in 25 villages around Tullur, of which, 12,000 were small and marginal farmers and close to 40,000 were agriculture labourers. Majority of farmers and land owners in the region are Dalits, he added. Mr. Madhu also demanded that the government provide land to land as compensation and four times the existing market price besides a job to each family. Former MLC Jelli Wilson, Gurram Vijay Kumar, K. Rama Rao, P.V. Sunder Rama Raju, K. Rama, Tumati Sivaiah, D. Haranath, B. Tulasi Das and P. Prasad were present.
(Couretesy :The Hindu)