The YSR Congress termed capital imbroglio as a creation of the AP government and accused it of trying to seize fertile lands against the will of the farmers to benefit a section of TDP leaders who have purchased large land holdings in the peripheries awaiting real estate boom.
“TDP has been propagating that certain parties are against the state capital. The argument that creating a capital between Krishna and Guntur districts will benefit the farmers of Tallaru and other places is wrong. The small land-holders are afraid and have fears of losing their livelihood,” party spokesperson Ambati Rambabu told reporters at Hyderabad on Saturday.
"We are not against the capital coming up anywhere, but we are against the fertile agriculture land being used for the purpose and demand that the state should publish a white paper on the land purchases made in the peripheries of the proposed capital after TDP has come to power. We are against the unilateral decision of the Government on the capital, without a proper debate and we are against the land-pooling of depriving farmers of their fertile land," Ambati Rambabu said.
“There are reports that TDP MPs, MLAs and other entrepreneurs close to the TDP have purchased large extent of land and have ensured that it does not come into the frame of capital city while gullible farmers of 17 villages are now being forced to sell their productive land," he added.
Farmers of the 17 villages are in a confused state as they have swallowed the bitter pill on the promise of loan waiver and are not prepared to believe N Chandrababu Naidu telling that they will be compensated adequately.
"We will be with the farmers to safeguard their interests and if majority of the people are not willing, the State cannot go for land pooling," Ambati said and added that Chandrababu Naidu who was the first person to raise his voice and demand around 5 lakh cores for building the new capital has become silent now.