Vizag Land Scam: A Rallying Point For Opposition Parties
Visakhapatnam: The major land scam that surfaced recently in Visakhapatnam has become a rallying point for the opposition parties for the fight against the ruling Telugu Desam Party. The YSR Congress Party leader Botsa Satyanarayana from Tirupathi on Saturday announced that their party along with other opposition parties is holding a mahadharna on June 22 in Visakhapatnam. YSRCP chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy will take part in the protest.
A public hearing, which was to have taken place on June 15, was cancelled following chief minister’s decision to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the land scam. Opposition parties which have constantly been demanding an enquiry by CBI slammed the decision. The CPM while dubbing the decision by the CM to set up SIT as mere farce ridiculed constituting a three-member committee from the party on the matter. It felt the committee would only help settle the internal bickering. The CPI also condemned the cancellation of the public hearing on the pretext of constituting a SIT.
Former Minister Konathala Ramakrishna who has been trying to gain the foothold after his departure from the YSRCP shot a letter to the Governor urging him to recommend a CBI enquiry into the irregularities. He accused the government of shielding key players in the scandal pointing to the alleged involvement of the ruling TDP leaders in the scandal.
The BJP MLA P. Vishnu Kumar Raju distancing himself from the party’s ally TDP, expressed doubts over the efficacy of the SIT. He did not stop there. By announcing that he would reveal yet another land scam he took the TDP leaders unawares.
While the situation is boiling over in the political arena, the District Collectorate on June 15 was flooded with complainants to take part in the public hearing. The Deputy Chief Minister K E Krishna Murthy was to have attended the public hearing. The Minister did not turn up following the decision to constitute an SIT. Several people lodged complaints with the Joint Collector.