Jana Sena Party (JSP) president Pawan Kalyan has cautioned Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu against depriving the constitutional rights of the farmers in the process of acquiring lands for various projects, including construction of Amaravati.
‘Will stall Amaravati’
“Connecting with the masses is my strength. I will lead political, judicial and people’s movements if such injustices do not stop. We will squat in Amaravati and even stall the capital project. This is because farmers are like gods, and somebody should raise their voice against the government’s attitude towards the lives and livelihoods of the farmers,” he observed.
Addressing a seminar on ‘Protection of Land Acquisition (Relief and Rehabilitation) Act, 2013’ here on Saturday, Mr. Pawan Kalyan said it was wrong to evict the farmers from their lands in the name of development and put those resisting “forceful acquisition of lands” behind bars.
“No project, be it expansion of Vamsadhara, international airport at Bhogapuram, Kakinada SEZ, or construction of Amaravati is an exception to the strong-arm tactics deployed by the government officials in acquiring land. I will blame the Chief Minister for that. He should make amends lest the aggrieved sections should fight back,” he stated. Mr. Pawan Kalyan said the concept of Amaravati started with just about 1,850 acres, and the requirement went up to 33,000 acres and, finally, to a mind-boggling one lakh acres, and questioned the need for acquiring vast tracts of fertile land.
He pointed out that of the 26,000 acres acquired for the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant in the 1970s, only up to 14,000 acres were utilised, and the farmers who had given their lands turned labourers in the same fields.
Mr. Pawan Kalyan further said that the JSP joined hands with the Left parties not for the sake of elections but to bring about a change, and he would not talk about alliances at this juncture. Supreme Court’s former Judge V. Gopala Gowda said the Presidential assent secured by the State government for its amendment to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Act, 2013 (principal act of the Parliament), was open for judicial review. Former Minister Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao, former IAS officer M.G. Devasahayam, river conservationist Vikram Soni, Ekta Parishad’s P.V. Rajagopal, and former JNU professor Amitabh Kundu were among those who spoke.
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