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AP: Displaced farmers enter poll fray

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April 14, 2009, Times of India

They are displaced farmers and they know that their chance of getting elected is very remote. Yet, they have entered the electoral fray.
As many as 15 farmers of Polepally village in the backward Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh have filed their nomination for the Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha constituency as independent candidates for the coming general elections.

Their purpose is to draw people’s attention to their plight and also of all others whose land have been acquired for setting up a Special Economic Zone. Of course, this is not for the first time that the unlettered and apolitical farmers are contesting the elections. They had done so in the by-elections held in May 2008. Thirteen of them contested for the Jadcherala assembly segment, which comprises Polepally. They together garnered over 13,500 votes and all of them forfeited their security deposits.

They were, however, happy at the outcome as they could draw the attention of the people of the state to their prolonged struggle against the SEZ. This time, they want to draw the attention of the country.

The farmers’ problems started in 2003, when the then Telugu Desam Party government identified 969 acres in Polepally and Mudureddypally villages for setting up the SEZ. In 2005, the Congress government enforced the proposal leading to displacement of around 350 small and marginal farmers. Nearly half the land acquired was assigned land belonging to dalits and tribals.

According to farmers, their compensation ranged from Rs 18,000 to Rs 50,000 per acre depending on whether it was an assigned or patta land, while the market price stood at around Rs 20 lakh an acre.

The farmers were against the SEZ from the beginning. In 2003, they blocked the Hyderabad-Bangalore national highway in protest against land acquisition. The next year, they staged a demonstration before the state Legislative Assembly. A Polepally SEZ Vyathireka Aikya Sanghatana (Alliance against Polepally SEZ) was formed and the struggle continued.

Meanwhile, 200 acres in the SEZ have been earmarked for pharmaceutical companies, where Hyderabad-based Aurobindo Pharma Ltd and Hetero Drugs Ltd are setting up their facilities.

By C H Prashanth Reddy in Hyderabad

Written by dilkibaatein

April 14, 2009 at 11:46 am

పోలేపల్లి బాధితుల ఎన్నికల కరపత్రం

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(పూర్తి చిత్రం కొరకు బొమ్మపై నొక్కండి)

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April 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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

Written by dilkibaatein

April 1, 2009 at 5:11 pm

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Electoral Reforms to Save Democracy- Polepally Struggle

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Why the poor must contest in elections?

Our Constitution declares that we are “Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, and Democratic Republic”. Our democracy is the symbolic representation and acknowledgment of different identities of class, caste, gender, ethnic, minority communities unique of our geographical, historical, social background. Election process in India is an important feature of our democracy. Elections remain critical structure of the governance in the country since the first general elections in 1951, despite its bias towards protecting the interest of the dominant community to the exclusion of dalit, bahujan, adivasis, minorities, women among other vulnerable groups.

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Written by Sujatha Surepally

March 28, 2009 at 4:09 am

పోలేపల్లిలో ఎల్‌అండ్‌టీ కంపెనీ నిర్మాణాలు

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అడ్డుకున్న సెజ్‌ బాధితులు | టెంట్‌ కూల్చివేత, పూజా సామగ్రి దగ్ధం

జడ్చర్లగ్రామీణం, న్యూస్‌టుడే: పోలేపల్లి ఫార్మాసెజ్‌ల సమీపంలో ఎల్‌అండ్‌టీ కంపెనీ వారు నిర్మాణాలు చేపట్టేందుకు భూమిపూజ చేస్తున్న విషయాన్ని తెలుసుకున్న సెజ్‌ బాధితులు అక్కడికి వచ్చి ఆందోళన కార్యక్రమాలు చేపట్టారు. బుధవారం జరిగిన ఈ కార్యక్రమంలో రైతులు వచ్చిన విషయాన్ని గుర్తించి ఆ కంపెనీ ప్రతినిధులు అక్కడి నుంచి వెళ్లిపోయారు. దీంతో అక్కడ వేసిన టెంటును కూల్చివేసి పూజా కార్యక్రమాలు వస్తువులను గుంతలో వేసి నిప్పంటించారు. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm

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Report: Bhunirvasitula Ikya Sanghatana

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Bhunirvasitula Ikya Sanghatana 1

Bhunirvasitula Ikya Sanghatana 1

The two day “Bhunirvasitula Ikya Sanghatana” is held successfully on 27 & 28th December, 2008 at Nallakunta Hyderabad. Meeting had representatives from several movements fighting forced displacement under varied projects in the state. Men and women and several adivasi and dalit activists made the movement inspiring and strengthening the resolve to fight against unjust development that’s making poor people homeless and hopeless. It was a meeting of people from the field sharing the experiences of struggles and clarifying the ideas on how to take forward the movement to safeguard their right to life and dignity and lands. The activists discussed how the mainstream political parties are looting and cheating the poorer sections or turning a blind eye with crocodile tears about exploitation by the ruling party.

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Bhu Nirvasita Gramala Sabha

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Voices of struggling masses | Voices of hope | Voices of the land call YOU

Bhu Nirvasita Gramala Sabha
27 & 28 December 2008 At Hyderabad

“There is nothing to compare with the courage of ordinary people whose names are unknown and whose sacrifices pass unnoticed. The courage that dares without recognition, without the protection of media attention, is a courage that humbles and inspires and reaffirms our faith in humanity” – Aung San Sung Kyi.

We invite all students, teachers, workers, writers, intellectuals, activists and friends of varied walks of life to listen to the heroic struggles and woes of our people threatened by ‘development’. Meet representatives from several people’s movements in the cause of protecting their land and lives! You are invited to the people’s struggle for sovereignty, sustainability!

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Written by JayaPrakash Telangana

December 9, 2008 at 12:42 am