Hyderabad: The MIM leader, Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi, pointed out that a major portion of the lands allotted to industrialists and business houses belonged to the Wakf and was surprised that nobody was bothered to even talk about it. The land allotted to Microsoft, ISB and other organizations were Wakf properties. The government has been making land allotments left and right and today the government has become virtually landless. There is an imperative need for a House Committee or JLC as the Wakf lands were encroached by the government and allotted to industrial firms, he observed.
The BJP leader, Mr G. Kishan Reddy, pointed out that the government had indulged in indiscriminate allotment of Wakf, endowments and assigned lands to realtors. As a result, there is no land available for government offices or even burial grounds, he lamented and demanded that the issue should be thoroughly discussed and a JLC be appointed to probe these irregularities.
The Major Industries Minister tried to justify the allotment of lands to industrial houses by pointing out that a number of big firms were coming forwards to invest in the state. She said that the government was prepared to hear the views of the Opposition members and appealed to them to restore order to enable a healthy discussion on the subject.
The Opposition was in no mood to heed to the repeated appeals and the House was thrown into a pandemonium as the TDP members surrounded the Deputy Speaker’s chair near the podium and raised slogans for a JLC. Amidst the persisting noisy scenes, the House was adjourned for half-an-hour at 9.30 am.
When the House reassembled after a break of one hour, the situation remained the same with the Opposition members, especially those belonging to the TDP, storming onto the podium and indulged in chanting of slogans. Amidst the din, the Minister for Legislature Affairs, Mr Sridhar Babu, regretted that the Opposition members were trying to imitate the drama enacted in Parliament over the 2G scam and wondered why shying away for a debate on the land issue. At a time when industrial houses were coming forward to invest Rs 25,000 crores in the State in the coming years, it was imperative for creating a positive and healthy environment. Any allegation of the Opposition would be appropriately answered and clarified and appealed for the House to proceed with the business.
As there was no let-up in the noisy scenes, the House was adjourned for a second time for one hour at 11 am with the Deputy Speaker inviting all the Floor leaders to his chambers for consultations to break the deadlock. (NSS)