Hyderabad: TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao
today demanded that the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K
Rosaiah remove Congress MP K V P Ramachandra Rao as an advisor
to the state government for his role in an alleged land scam.
"Ramachandra Rao, a close confidante of late Chief
Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, had played a key role in the
scam in land transfer from the Andhra Pradesh Industrial
Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) to Emaar Properties," the
TRS president told reporters here.
The scam in the land transfer started when TDP Chief N
Chandrababu Naidu was Chief Minister and it grew leaps and
bounds in the Rajasekhara Reddy administration, he alleged.
Claiming that the APIIC acquired the land from poor
farmers without their consent and that no compensation has
been paid to them, he demanded that the land be handed over to
them immediately as it remained unutilised.
Alleging that Ramachandra Rao`s close relative
Parthasarathi Rao and bureaucrat B P Acharya were on the board
of APIIC in violation of rules, the TRS chief demanded that
Acharya, who is now Industries Secretary, be removed from
"The state government has appointed a three-member panel
to look into this land transfer issue. If they submit the
report now, it will go to Acharya as he is Industries
Secretary. If he is involved in irregularities, how can he
receive the report? So, he should also be removed," he said.
Asked about the challenge thrown at him by TDP for a
debate on what he has achieved so far in the fight for
separate Telangana, the TRS president said the TDP leaders
should first get their party president Naidu give a report to
the Sri Krishna committee in support of the separate statehood
Alleging that seeds of groundnut are not available in
Mahabubnagar district of Telangana region, he demanded that
the state government provide the seeds to the farmers at the
Chandrasekhar Rao also alleged that the management of
state-run Singareni Collieries planned to take up open cast
mining for coal in five villages in Manuguru mandal of Khammam
district in violation of the 1/70 Act of the Centre that
protects the rights of tribals.
The government and the Singareni management should drop
the idea failing which he threatened to complain to President
Pratibha Patil, "who is the guardian of 1/70 Act", and also
the National Commission for STs.
The TRS president, Lok Sabha member from Mahabubnagar, is
likely to go to Delhi in the next couple of days to attend the
ongoing session of Parliament.