The secret of withdrawal of Land Acquisition notification


What exactly prompted the TDP government to suspend the land acquisition proceedings initiated in Amaravati capital development region last week. The general impression is that it was Pawan Kalyan’s agitation and his fiery speech against taking the lands of poor farmers that prompted chief minister Naidu to soften his stand and revoke the Land Acquisition Notification.

Municipal administration minister P Narayana also said LA had been cancelled at the behest of Pawan. And Pawan duly expressed his gratitude for the response. Officials in the government, however, have a different story to tell. They say it was centre’s decision to allow the Ordinance related to the amendment of some provisions in the original LA Act passed during UPA regime, to lapse that was responsible for the decision. As per the ordinance government can acquire even the multi-crop lands for capital without the consent from the farmers and social impact studies.

“Today the life of Ordinance is expiring. Any notification, issued last week was based on the Ordinance that is going to be lapsed, is liable to be challenged in the court of law. And Courts are likely to quash the notification which has no legal basis. Such a quashing will be a loss of face for the government and opposition party may tom-tom this as a defeat of the government, which is politically not good for TDP,” official sources told Telugu

Prime Minister said in his yesterday’s Man ki baat the NDA government had no intention to re-promulgate ordinance (as the chances of getting ratified by the Parliament are slim even after six months). Having smelt this in advance Naidu asked the officials to withdraw the land acquisition notification meant for river side villages in capital region in Guntur district.

This inevitable development had been used prudently by TDP supremo Naidu to silence Pawan Kalyan.

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