Hyderabad: The alleged large-scale land scam continued to cause a landslide in the proceedings of the State Assembly on Wednesday as a determined Opposition demanding a Joint Legislature Committee forced the repeated adjournment of the House.
As expected, the House again witnessed the replay of the drama being enacted for the past few days immediately after the Deputy Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, disallowed the adjournment motions tabled by the Opposition on various issues.
The TRS members, who have been boycotting the session, came to the House soon after it assembled and raised slogans demanding a resolution to be passed for carving out a separate Telangana State and dispersed. The TDP, CPI and CPM members took over demanding appointment of a JLC probe and stormed onto the Speaker’s podium holding placards and chanted slogans.
All the efforts of the Deputy Speaker, the Minister for Legislature Affairs, Mr D. Sridhar Babu, and Minister for Major Industries, Dr Geetha Reddy, to make the protesting members see reason in allowing the proceedings to take place proved futile.
The Minister for Roads and Buildings, Mr Dharmana Prasada Rao, pointed out that land allotments were made by earlier governments based on their industrial policies to attract investments and create job opportunities. If the Opposition members have any apprehensions regarding alleged irregularities, it could be discussed and rectified after a healthy debate, he observed.
Mr Prasada Rao also asserted that non-acceptance of a JAC does not imply that the government was trying to hide something. The government was prepared to answer and clear all doubts of the Opposition after a constructive debate. However, instead of pinpointing as to where and how the alleged irregularities have been committed in the land allotment by participating in a debate after hearing the government’s statement on the issue, the Opposition was only trying to disrupt the proceedings to gain political mileage, he charged.
JLC PROBE INTO LAND ALLOTMENTS DEMANDED
The CPI member, Mr G. Mallesh, said that the statement of the government only exposed the indiscriminate allotments made to private individuals and industrialists to amass wealth. He stressed the need for appointing a House Committee or JLC to bright to light all the irregularities that have been perpetuated to benefit some individuals.
The CPM member, Mr J. Ranga Reddy, asked the government not to stand on false prestige and appoint a JLC. The PRP member, Mr Sreedhar Krishna Reddy, regretted that the House could not take up regular business for the past few days and felt that there was need for a thorough discussion on the land scam and after the hearing the views and suggestions of the members the government should consider the constitution of a JLC.