The MLAs of main opposition YSR Congress would tour the Vijayawada-Guntur region, the site of the proposed capital of Andhra Pradesh, on February 23 and interact with farmers, who the party alleged are being “coerced” to part with their lands for the new city.
The legislators of Jaganmohan Reddy-led party are undertaking the tour ahead of the Assembly session “to know first-hand the plight of farmers vis--vis land pooling by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA)”.
“The MLAs will tour the Thulluru area in Guntur district and interact with farmers to record their objections and feelings which will be put before the Assembly,” YSRC spokesperson K Parthasarathi told reporters here today.
The state, ruled by TDP-BJP alliance, has been using force in land acquisition and farmers are in utter distress as their multi-crop land is being taken away with “coercion” and other such methods, he claimed.
“We will tour the entire Thulluru area and gather opinions and problems of the farmers and their views will be reflected in the Assembly session,” he said.
“We are not against the capital coming up at in that area and strongly condemn the allegations of TDP leaders that we wanted the capital to be elsewhere.
“We are only opposed to land acquisition by force and using it for commercial purposes neglecting farmers and taking away their source of livelihood,” Parthasarathi said.
An exercise has been undertaken to “benefit real estate entrepreneurs and not farmers,” the YSRC spokesman said, adding that “we are against such policies of commercialising farmlands to benefit a third party.”
About 20,000 acres, out of the target of 30,000 acres, have been acquired for the new capital till now.