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House adjourned amid pandemonium

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, Mar 21: Andhra Pradesh Assembly was today (Mar 21, 2006) adjourned amid pandemonium during the question hour over opposition allegation on land scam.

Opposition Telugu Desam Party(TDP) and Congress allies CPI and CPI(M) alleged that valuable government land was being allocated in favour of individuals, violating rules and regulations.

The opposition demanded appointment of a House Committee to go into the land allocation in favour of individuals.

While rejecting their demand for appointment of a Committee, Minister for Rural Development D Srinivas said the present government was following the guidelines prepared and followed by the erstwhile TDP government. There was a confusion when the ruling party and the opposition quoted a number of GOs, criticising each other for land allocation.

The TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu quoted a number of GOs, alleging the government violation of the Urban Land Ceiling Act(ULCA) to allocate land in favour of some individuals.

Mr Srinivas quoted another set of GOs, alleging that only the TDP government headed by Mr Naidu violated the ULCA to favour some individuals.

The TDP and Telangana Rashtra Samiti(TRS), however, wanted a Committee to be appointed to go into the land allocation during the Congress regime.

The CPI and CPI(M) wanted the Committee to probe the land allocation during the TDP and Congress regimes.

The Agricultre Minister N Raghuveera Reddy said the TDP was trying to blackmail the government by using the assembly as a political platform.

TDP members rushed into the well of the House and started shouting slogans, forcing the Speaker KR Suresh Reddy to abruptly adjourn the House.

When the House reassembled, TDP members continued to remain in the Well, demanding House Committee on land allocation. Mr Srinivas said he had already given to the Speaker, copies of the GOs, under which land was allocated, and the same would be ciruclated to all the members. Mr Reddy said he had received the copies and the Legislature Secretariat would be circulating it to all the members.

The Minister for Finance and Legislative Affairs K Rosiah alleged that the Opposition, which had levelled charges against the government on the Yellampalli Project, was obstructing the reply of the government.

Mr Rosiah also alleged that the Opposition's strategy was to prevent the government from clearing its stand clear before the people by stalling the proceedings of the House.

Mr Naidu said the Opposition would allow the government to reply for the 16-day debate on the project, provided it agreed for an Inquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court into the land allocation.

The TDP supremo quoted a GO and said 36 acres and 35 kuntas were given to Cyber City Builders for the development of real estate through GO MS 2043 dated November 28, 2005. He alleged that it was totally against the spirit of ULCA.

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, however, accepted the demand for the appointment of judicial probe by a sitting judge into the land allocation deal.

Mr Srinivas assured members of both the Communist parties that the government would regularise all the colonies of the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families free of cost.

Mr Naidu wanted all the allocated lands to be kept in abeyance, till the judicial commission decided on the issue.



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