Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has conceded to illegal land allotment by the YSR government to former Congress MP Jagan Mohan Reddy.
The entire controversy has given the Opposition in the state an opportunity to castigate the government.
"There is no transparent policy in allotting lands. It is true that lands have been allotted at random prices and to people close to some government individuals. We are looking at formulating a new land policy soon. Meanwhile, we are looking at cases where prima facie evidence is available. Cases where land is being used for other than the stated purpose, would be taken back," said CM Kiran Redddy.
The opposition trained their guns at late chief minister YS Rajshekhara Reddy and his son, former Congress MP Jagan Mohan Reddy, alleging land was allotted by the YSR government to Jagan's steel and infrastructure business causing heavy loss to the exchequer.
Also more than 640 acres of Wakf land in the hi-tech city has been given away by the government to top IT firms.
The current assembly session holds the dubious distinction of putting in maximum number of adjournments with the main Opposition, Telugu Desam (TDP), making it clear that no work can go forward unless the government sets up a joint legislative committee to look into irregularities.
"For years, the government has been turning a blind eye. The Congress government has been allotting precious government land arbitrarily to developers in the name of SEZs," said TDP chief and Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly Chandrababu Naidu.
Though the Chief Minister did not accept the demand for a Joint Legislative Committee (JLC), his acceptance of irregularities in allotting land has given the Opposition a reason to smile.