KARIMNAGAR/HYDERABAD: As the opposition and civil organisations intensifying their protests in support of Mallanna Sagar project oustees, IT minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday said political parties are playing the role of 'shikandi' and shedding crocodile tears in support of the oustees. This comes on a day when TJAC chairman Prof M Kodandaram said the government was not doing justice to the displaced people.
“We are of the opinion that the government is not doing justice in extending compesation to Mallanna Sagar project oustees. Our support is with the oustees and their agitation,” Kodandaram said after the TJAC's meeting in Hyderabad.
The TJAC chairman said that farmers' suicides would stop only when irrigation projects were completed to provide water to fields. “However, justice has to be done to the villages and the farmers who lose their lands for the projects,” he said.
He said the TJAC did not react on Mallanna Sagar project as a Detailed Project Report of the project is not yet readied.
Meanwhile, speaking in Karimnagar, KT Rama Rao said the opposition Congress and TDP were hatching a conspiracy to stop irrigation projects and were provocating land oustees.
“The government knows the grievances of land outstees as chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao himself is a land oustee of Upper Manair project in Sircilla Constituency. Later, he shifted to Chintamadaka in Medak district. Similarly, my mother Shobha is also a land oustee of Mid Manair dam and she lost acres of land in Kodurupaka in Boinpalli mandal,” Rama Rao said.