VIJAYAWADA: Former minister V Sobhanadreeswara Rao on Wednesday fired salvos on chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and said that the latter’s claims on land-pooling were a tissue of lies.
Speaking to newsmen here, the former minister said no one would take Naidu’s statements that farmers had willingly handed over the consent forms for 32,500 acres land for construction of capital seriously. If Naidu claims it as a record, then deployment of 26 RDOs in 26 villages was also a record.
Sobhanadreeswara Rao made light of Naidu’s assertions that people had reposed trust in him by parting with their land willingly for construction of capital. He wondered how people would trust him at a time when he is yet to keep his word on waiving off crop loans. Though the government says loans had been waived off, several farmers are yet to see the colour of the money, he charged.
The former minister disapproved of the government taking the lands of farmers and gifting them to Singapore and Japanese firms. He alleged that the officials have misled the farmers on land-pooling.
Rao said it would be better if the CMexempted fertile lands from land acquisition.