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Farmers meet today to chalk out strategy

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The farmers of Thulluru mandal in Guntur district will meet here on Saturday under the auspices of “Rajadhani Srama Sanghala Samakhya” to chalk out a future course of action to fight the government’s plans to “snatch” their fertile lands for capital city. The meeting will be held at K L Rao Bhavan here.

Vijayawada: The farmers of Thulluru mandal in Guntur district will meet here on Saturday under the auspices of “Rajadhani Srama Sanghala Samakhya” to chalk out a future course of action to fight the government’s plans to “snatch” their fertile lands for capital city. The meeting will be held at K L Rao Bhavan here.

  • Ryots give a jolt to the Chief Minister by rejecting the government’s invitation for a meeting
  • Tell the Cabinet Sub-Committee that they will not yield even an inch of land
  • They unite to fight the government’s move to ‘snatch’ their fertile lands

The farmers, after their “bitter experience” in Guntur on Thursday when they went to meet the members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee, decided to unite in opposition to put up a stiff resistance to the government’s move to acquire their lands.

The Saturday’s meeting in the city is expected to promote solidarity among the farmers in all three mandals – Thulluru, Tadepalli and Mangalagiri. The government has proposed to declare 29 villages in these three mandals as capital region and acquire land by invoking Land Acquisition Act of 2014.

Farmers from Thulluru, Mangalagiri and Tadepalli arguing with TDP leaders at R & B Guest House in Guntur on Thursday evening

The farmers, who met the members of the sub-committee, after being kept waiting for over four hours at the Roads and Buildings Guest House in Guntur on Thursday night, made it very clear that they would not yield even an inch of land to the government. They rejected invitation by the sub-committee to go to Hyderabad to hold talks with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. They farmers, in the presence of Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, asked the sub-committee to tell the Chief Minister that they would talk to him only if Naidu holds meeting with them in Vijayawada.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the National Alliance for Peoples’ Movement (NAPM) led by Medha Patkar on Friday started touring the Thulluru villages and interacting with the farmers on Friday. The NAPM team is scheduled to meet farmers during next three days and submit a report to Medha Patkar, who, at a later date, will visit the villages and lead an agitation. Retired IAS officer M G Devasahayam, who was the Chhattisgarh government’s consultant for building capital city, Naya Raipur, is also on a visit to villages for on-the-spot study. He is interacting with farmers and farm labourers besides villagers to elicit their views on the issue.

A senior advocate and Rayapudi former sarpanch Mallela Seshagiri Rao, Thulluru mandal parishad former president Mallela Harindranath Chowdary, Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader Anumolu Gandhi and several others are in the forefront in the fight against the government.

BY: D Gopi
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