‘Land scam’ – 35 YSRCP MLAs suspended

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Chief Minister says ’NO’ to CBI probe
  • 35 YSRCP members suspended
  • Yanamala closed the debate abruptly

The land deals by TDP leaders and ministers in the capital region Amaravati rocked the AP Assembly on Wednesday resulting in the suspension of 35 YSRCP MLAs for the day.

The leader of the Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy during more than three hour debate demanded the Government to order a probe by the CBI to bring out the irregularities indulged by the TDP leaders who allegedly coerced the land owners on the periphery of the capital regional to part with lands. He alleged that the land pooling process adopted by the government was selective in that the lands acquired form farmers had been included in the pooling processes while those held by Chandrababu Naidu coterie were exempted form acquisition. Jagan alleged that the Chief Minister has amended the rules to favour his close associates.

Taking objection of the claims of Jagan Reddy, the treasury benches alleged that Jagan was bent up creating obstacles to the capital construction and was hence, demanding a CBI probe into the issue.

Chandrababu Naidu coming to the rescue of the members claimed that he would not order a CBI probe or any inquiry into the issue. Defending himself, Chandrababu demanded Jagan to submit proofs if any relating to his allegations so that he could initiate action against those responsible including the ministers in the Cabinet. He said that the lands pooled by the government claiming that the entire stretch of 54,000 ace land including over 33,000 acres of pooled land was in the possession of the government.

At a particular juncture of heated arguments, Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu moved a motion under Rule 329 closing the debate even as the YSRCP members rushed to the Well of the House and raised slogans in support of the CBI probe. The minister moved a motion to suspend the members from the service of the House for the rest of the day.

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