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All-party meeting describes the Government's move as `politically motivated'

HYDERABAD: Cutting across the political lines, opposition parties, barring the MIM, have opposed the ordinance for amending the Andhra Pradesh Assignment Lands (Prohibition of Transfers) Act, 1977, claiming that it is aimed at "regularising the lands occupied by the rich."

At an all-party meeting here on Saturday, they termed the Government's move in issuing the ordinance as "politically motivated". They wanted the ordinance to be scrapped on the ground that it was aimed at `targeting' a few individuals while exempting the big names that had set up their establishments on assigned lands.

The parties demanded that the Government convene an all-party meeting to discuss land-related issues before taking any hasty steps that would deny the poor and weaker sections their legitimate rights. The Government should make public the recommendations made by the high-level committee constituted to study land issues a couple of years ago.

Representatives of the TDP, the BJP, the TRS, the CPI and the CPI (M) participated in the meeting convened by the Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Labour Union to discuss the Government's move on acquiring the assigned lands.

BJP State president Bandaru Dattatreya criticised the Government for allowing the registration of the occupied assignment lands. CPI State secretary K. Narayana and CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu assailed the Government for its efforts to dilute the original law that had provisions making it mandatory to distribute the resumed assignment lands to poor. APCC spokesman R. Padma Raju defended the Government's moves.

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