HYDERABAD:In the wake of protests from farmers belonging to the nine villages in the capital region against the procurement of fertile agricultural lands by the government for construction of capital city, Jana Sena founder and film actor Pawan Kalyan and YSR Congress president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will be touring the capital region one after another.
According to sources, Pawan is likely to tour the capital region on March 2 and Jagan on March 3.
Pawan will be interacting with the defiant farmers, who have not given their land to the government in the land pooling process.
Meanwhile, Pawan, who called on chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the latter’s residence here on Sunday, was reportedly asked by Naidu to help the government convince the farmers to part with their land for construction of the capital. The meeting of the two leaders assumes significance as Naidu is planning to lay the foundation stone for construction of the new capital in the second week of May. Jagan’s move comes in the wake of YSRC Farmers’s Rights Protection Committee’s visit to the capital region earlier when the locals expressed their desire to meet him. He is likely to tour seven villages in the Mangalagiri Assembly constituency and six in Tadikonda and Thullur.
Jagan’s visit is seen as the beginning of his party’s direct fight against the government’s efforts to acquire lands from farmers.
“The party will stand by the farmers, farm workers, tenant farmers and others who will be affected by the land acquisition,” said Ambati Rambabu, YSRC spokesperson. According to him, though the state government was claiming that till now it had pooled 32,000 acres of land for construction of the new capital, the ground reality was something else.