Hyderabad: Once again, a verbal war between the former chief minister and the Leader of Opposition, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu and the Revenue Minister, Mr N Raghuveera Reddy rocked the Assembly on Thursday. The allegations of ‘corruption’ against the government by Mr Chandrababu Naidu made Mr Raghuveera Reddy to criticize the former in his own style.
Mr Raghuveera Reddy dared Mr Chandrababu Naidu to discuss corruption in the State when the latter alleged that the State government had allotted thousands of acres of land indiscriminately to affluent persons in the name of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Industries in the state. Mr Naidu also alleged that the persons who got the lands in the name of SEZs and Industries had invested money in the Newspaper and a cement factory owned by the son of the then chief minister. He demanded that the government protect the lands by appointing JLC. He also alleged that the State government was immersed under corruption.
Replying to the charge, Mr Raghuveera Reddy made it clear that the government was ready to discuss as who has patent right on ‘corruption’. He also said that the government was ready to draft a Bill to protect every inch of government land in the State. He asked the Opposition party why it was scared to participate in a debate with regard to land allotments in the State.
Earlier, the Revenue Minister appealed to the Opposition parties to co-operate with the government by allowing debate on ‘Land Issue’. He also said that there was no Parliamentary tradition to appoint JLC or House Committee without holding a debate on concerned subject. He also said that the government was preparing a Draft Bill on Land allotments within a month to protect the government lands.
Requesting Mr Chandrababu Naidu to respond on proposed Draft Bill, the Minister, Mr Dharmana Prasada Rao, asked the former whether there was any parliamentary practice of setting up JLC or Hose Committee in the country without a debate.
Mr Chandrababu Naidu said that the TDP would welcome the proposal of Draft Bill on land allotment policy if it was a good one. He alleged that the then government allotted the government land indiscriminately in the name of SEZs and Industries and the persons who got the lands invested huge funds in a newspaper and cement factory in the State. He also alleged that the government was submerged under corruption and it should be cleansed to save the state.
Responding to Mr Chandrababu, an enraged Mr Raghuveera Reddy alleged that the government was ready to discuss who had the patent right on ‘corruption’ in the State. He said that the government was ready to discuss every issue in the House if the Opposition cooperated to the government.
At this moment, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, adjourned the House for an half-an-hour at 10 am. (NSS)