Naidu duo misleading people: Jairam
- Says they are ignoring Manmohan promises
- Polavaram, Special status being sidetracked
- Land pooling by AP govt. unwarranted
HYDERABAD: Former Union minister and Rajya Sabha member of Congress Jairam Ramesh criticized both AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu for misleading people on the Polavaram project as well as special status to the residual State respectively.
Addressing media persons at Indira Bhavan here on Friday, along with APCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy, Jairam slammed both the Centre and AP governments for ignoring the commitments given by then Prime Minister in Parliament at the time debate on AP Bifurcation Bill. He observed that both Naidus were misleading people in Andhra Pradesh.
Jairam Ramesh said while Venkaiah Naidu was giving wrong information on the grant of special status to the residual State, Chandrababu Naidu was fooling the people on Polavaram project. He charged both of them with not having commitment for welfare of people and development of the State. He recalled that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had given special status to Utharakhand without the consent of then NDA coalition partners. “People like Venkaiah should remember history before making misleading statements about special status to the residuary Andhra Pradesh”, he quipped.
The Rajya Sabha member also criticized the proposed controversial amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, which was passed by the previous UPA government with the support of all parties, including the BJP. He also made it clear that his party would oppose it tooth and nail and would stop it in Rajya Sabha at any cost since the proposed amendments will affect the interests of farmers directly. He said amendments to the Act will benefit only the corporate sector at the cost of the common man. Ridiculing the ongoing Land Pooling process in Andhra Pradesh, Jairam said he did not see anywhere in the country taking this much of land for a capital city. He said the farmers in the pooling area are not getting adequate compensation. (NSS)