Fighting Injustice in Polepally SEZ

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Polepally victims out to beat parties at their own game

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By Tushar Dhara

First Published : 01 Apr 2009 03:21:00 AM IST

Last Updated : 01 Apr 2009 12:34:58 PM IST

MAHABOOBNAGAR: The spectre of Polepally has returned to haunt mainstream political parties in Mahaboobnagar Lok Sabha constituency. As many as 15 farmers, who have lost their lands to the 1,000-acre special economic zone, have filed nominations, seeking to administer a dose of their own medicine to their netas.

The farmers, whose lands were acquired for the creation of the pharma SEZ in 2003, have been fighting a valiant battle against successive governments for justice in vain.

The 15 contestants in the fray are least interested in gaining entry into the Assembly. Their sole objective is to ruin the chances of the official nominees of the mainstream political parties. Given that victory margins in the Mahaboobnagar parliamentary constituency and Assembly segments are razor thin, the ruling Congress and the Opposition Grand Alliance can take the farmers lightly at their own peril. For instance, in the by-election to the Assembly in 2008, sitting Telangana Rashtra Samiti MLA from Jadcherla, under which Polepally falls, lost to Congress candidate Mallu Ravi by 2,000 votes. Then, 10 farmers contested, pulling in 13,000 votes.

This time around, political heavyweight and TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao is contesting Mahaboobnagar Lok Sabha seat. But his slogan of separate Telangana may not impress the Polepally victims. The Polepally contestants want to send a message, loud and clear, to all the parties –– this is pay back time for letting them down when their lands were ‘acquired’ for a pittance.

“It is like slapping the leaders on the face,” says M A Jabbar, one of the contestants who lost 54 acres.

The Polepally candidates are confident of securing at least 1.5-2 lakh votes of the 14 lakh registered voters in Mahaboobnagar Lok Sabha constituency. Poleppaly has been in the news since 2003 when the then TDP government started acquiring land to build a ‘Green Park’. That was upgraded into an SEZ under the Congress dispensation.

Nearly 1,000 acres were acquired from 320 families at dismally low prices. In a number of cases, even that hasn’t been paid till date.

The compensation for assigned land was fixed at Rs 18,000 per acre while for ‘patta lands’ it was between Rs 40,000-50,000 per acre. However, the government resold the land for Rs 40 lakh per acre!

Source: The New Indian Express

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April 1, 2009 at 5:11 pm

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