Opposition parties stage walk-out over Wakf lands

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Hyderabad, Aug 28 (UNI) The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Left, BJP and AIMIM today staged a walk-out to protest against the sale of wakf lands even as Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy rejected the opposition demand to constitute a House Committee to study wakf land allocation to IT companies.

Trouble started in the House when IT minister R Damodar Reddy, responding to a question asked by the TDP MLAs, said the government sold the land to IT companies to set up their firms and there was no violation of rules in selling the wakf propoerties.

Not satisfied with the minister's answer, TDP Floor leader N Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the government was selling wakf land worth crores of rupees to IT companies and acquiring agriculture land to set up Special Economic Zones (SEZs), affecting the livelihood of farmers.

Coming down heavily on the government for establishing the SEZs which turned out to be ''Special Exploitation Zones'' for the ruling Congress leaders and MLAs, Mr Naidu demanded the constitution of a House Committee on wakf land.

Alleging that the government had failed to provide house sites to the poor, CPM and CPI Floor leaders N Narasimhaiah and Ch Venkat Reddy said the government was not sincere in solving the housing problem of the poor.

Taking objection to the Chief Minister's remarks that the government was procuring money, which was being used to take up welfare schemes, by selling the land, AIMIM Floor leader Akberuddin Owaisi demanded that the government reclaim the lands given to Lanco company at throwaway prices.

The BJP Floor leader G Kishan Reddy alleged that the government was showing apathy towards allocation of land for the construction of govenrment schools in the capital city.

Earlier, the Chief Minister said the government was providing rehabilitation to all displaced at SEZ sites. The issue of allocation of wakf lands to Lanco company was in the court.

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