HYDERABAD: Taken aback by Jana Sena founder Pawan Kalyan’s surprise attack, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday took potshots at the star, suggesting that those opposed to land acquisition for the new capital should first study how ‘world class capitals’ are built.
“We can construct the capital even in 100 acres. However, investors will not come to such a capital if there is no proper infrastructure. No world class capital city is built in 100 acres. In how many acres was Hyderabad built?” he questioned.
In reply to Pawan’s query whether 33,000 acres was necessary for the capital, Naidu reiterated his oft-repeated line - “Capital does not mean mere buildings and roads. It should have economic and social activity. It should have social life. It should reflect the future aspirations of the people.”
Rejecting allegations of Pawan and YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy that his government was forcibly taking over farmers’ lands, he claimed 95% of the farmers had parted with their lands willingly.
“Nearly 32,000 acres was given by local farmers. That too, voluntarily. Only a few are objecting to it. In a democracy, when 95% have agreed, why should some have objections?” he wondered.
Naidu claimed he was unaware of Pawan’s remarks! Nonetheless, he quipped that actions of those opposed to land pooling will end up harming the farmers.