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CPM to oppose land acquisition

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Speaking to press persons here on Saturday, he said that the Parliament had enacted a law in 2013 to protect the rights of farmers and land owners. As per the said law, the government must conduct public hearing to take the land from the farmers, he added.  

Vijayawada: CPI (M) State secretary P Madhu on Saturday demanded the government to immediately withdraw the decision to acquire one lakh acres land through land pooling for construction of Machilipatnam port and for other development works. He said that the CPI (M) would oppose any move by the State government to forcibly take the land from farmers.

Speaking to press persons here on Saturday, he said that the Parliament had enacted a law in 2013 to protect the rights of farmers and land owners. As per the said law, the government must conduct public hearing to take the land from the farmers, he added.

The CPI (M) leader pointed out that only 2000 to 3000 acres land would be enough for the construction of the port. He recalled that TDP itself had opposed the same when the then Congress government announced to take 6000 acres for the purpose.

He questioned why the TDP was going in for massive land pooling in Machilipatnam. “It is unnecessary to acquire one lakh acres in Machilipatnam,” he remarked.

He said the State government had failed to fulfill its promise made to Amaravati farmers on the development of infrastructure facilities and allotting plots to the farmers, who gave their lands to the government. “The TDP government has totally failed to do justice to Amaravati farmers vis-à-vis allotment of plots,” he alleged.

He said the Stat government is planning to take 3500 acres land in Tadipatri and 5000 acres in Srikalahasti and another 5000 acres in Srikakulam district.

He alleged that the government had failed to do justice to farmers in the first phase of land pooling in Amaravati, and was now going for the second phase of land pooling in Machilipatnam. He said the Left parties would oppose any decision taken by the government to forcibly take the land from the farmers.

He alleged that the government had allocated Rs 500 crore property for only Rs 22 crore in Sadaravarti temple lands auction, and demanded that the government immediately cancel the auction and conduct re-auction to generate more revenue.

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