Hyderabad: The TDP legislators on Friday stalled the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly on second consecutive day demanding setting up of Joint Legislature Committee (JLC) to probe into the alleged illegal alienation of the land to Brahmani Infotech and Special Economic Zones at Shamshabad.
The entire Opposition parties, in a united voice, demanded setting up of JLP into the indiscriminate land allotted to private companies throughout the State.
After two-adjournments, the House was adjourned for the day without transacting any business.
Soon after the House assembled at 9 am, the Deputy Speaker, Mr N Manohar, who was in the chair, announced that the adjournment notices given by CPI on allocation of sufficient funds for Social Welfare hostels and the BJP on hardships being faced by fishermen and toddy-tappers due to unemployment.
As usual, the Congress MLAs from Telangana stood up near the well of the house and raised slogans of “Jai Telangana’ for one minute and resumed their seats following the request of the Chair.
The TDP members, by exhibiting placards, trooped to the podium of the Speaker and raised slogans demanding constitution of JLC on the alienation of 450 acres of land to Brahmani Infotech Pvt Limited. The CPI (M) member, Mr Julakanti Ranga Reddy also, exhibited placard by standing at his seat in support of the demand of the agitating members.
When his request to the members not to stall the proceedings of the House fell on deaf ears, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes at 9.09 am.
Making an appeal to the agitating TDP members after the House met again at 10.17 am, the Minister for Major Industries, Dr J Geetha Reddy, announced that the hovernment was ready to make a statement in the House on Monday on the land allocation issue.
The TDP member, Mr Payyavula Keshav, said that the government has forcibly grabbed the lands from the poor and allotted them to private companies at throwaway prices for setting up of Special Economic Zones and industries. The government was not coming forward to set up JLC with a scare that its true colors might be exposed. The Brahmani Infotech, which got 100 acres of land has neither invested a single rupee for the project nor provided employment to a single person.
The CPI floor leader, Mr G Mallesh, reminded that the Congress returned to power in 2004 by claiming that the land issue was the main agenda of the party. Reminding the recent police firings on the people who were fighting to protect their lands, he strongly criticized the Congress government for allocating thousands of acres to the corporate firms. The government should accept the demand of the Opposition for setting up of JLC, he demanded.
The PRP member, Mr Sridhar Krishna Reddy, said that the government had allotted valuable lands located around Hyderabad to private companies at nominal price. The Chief Minister should set up either Group of Ministers (GoM) or House Committee and the review of land allocations should be done in its presence, he added.
The CPI (M) member, Mr Julakanti Ranga Reddy, said that it was alarming scenario that the land was going into the hands of very few people. The House needs to take up in-depth discussion on the allocation of lands to private companies in the name of SEZs and industrial promotion. He questioned as to why the government was going back to appoint JLC.
The BJP floor leader, MR G Kishan Reddy, reminded that the government had allotted seven acres of prime land of Old Gandhi Medical College at Basheerbagh to a private company “DLF” for setting up of an amusement centre. On the other hand, several government offices and hostels were running in rented buildings. The government also evacuated 16 villages near Kakinda and allotted land to a SEZ. He charged the government with bringing new type of feudal system into the State. The Constitution had not empowered any one to allot lands to any private company, he maintained.
Deploring that the natural resources have become an epicenter of corruption, the Lok Satta member, Dr Jayaprakashnarayana urged that the Government should setup a House Committee to study the allocation of land to the private companies.
The MIM floor leader, Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi, said that the government should accept the demand of the Opposition and the House committee should also study the allotment of Wakf lands to private companies. He alleged that the government has allotted 1,600 acres of Wakf land to private parties.
Even though the Chief Minister, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy, intervened into the matter, the TDP members did not relent and rushed to the podium of the Speaker by raising slogans. Reacting to it, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the House for half-an-hour at 10.56 am. After the House reassembled at 11.56 am, the TDP members forced the Deputy Speaker to adjourn the house for the day by creating ruckus. (NSS)