Visakhapatnam, June 13:
Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivas challenged opposition leader N Chandrababu Naidu to respond to the allegations made against the TDP leaders grabbing land in Visakhapatnam.
Addressing the media here on Sunday, he said that there was no need for the government to be vindictive towards the TDP, it was only trying to safeguard lands and was taking action against illegal encroachments. Unlike in TDP rule, where Visakhapatnam was turned into a city of corruption, the government was now making it the safest city. Land worth thousands of crores was encroached by TDP leaders with the support of Mr Chandrababu Naidu .
TDP leader Palla Srinivasa Rao, encroached 49 acres of land which has been valued at Rs 791.41 crores in the benami account of his father. The Minister challenged Mr Chandrababu Naidu to spell out what action would be taken on his party leader Palla Srinivasa Rao for his involvement in the land grabbing.
The previous government failed to take action on land encroachments in Visakhapatnam and didn’t make the SIT (Special Investigation Team) report public.
After forming the government, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy constituted an SIT to investigate the land scams in Visakhapatnam and announced that action would be taken based on the report.
Refuting allegations that the YSRCP was involved in encroaching lands in Visakhapatnam, Minister Srinivas challenged the TDP to prove that even a single square yard of land was encroached upon by him or any YSRCP member in the last two years. He said that the State government was taking back all the lands which were encroached by the TDP leaders and was going to distribute them to the poor.
In the last two years various development programmes had been taken up in Visakhapatnam, with an aim to develop the city. He stated that Mr Chandrababu Naidu had spent money from land sale in Visakhapatnam on development of Hyderabad city in United Andhra Pradesh.
Mr Chandrababu should answer whether he and his party members were for or against Visakhapatnam be the Executive Capital. He stated that the government would soon complete the construction of NAD Flyover and Bhogapuram Airport. If BJP leaders were truly concerned about Visakhapatnam, they should bring in a railway zone and start work, he added.