Major Opposition parties in the State have demanded that the government blacklist Emaar Properties and resume the land allotted to it at Nanakramguda on the city outskirts.
The Opposition wanted the Government to attach properties of the firm to recover the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation's share in the joint venture agreement. They urged Chief Minister K. Rosaiah to consider exempting land of the plot owners and small farmers that was forcibly acquired as part of the deal.
An all-party meeting convened by the Communist Party of India here on Sunday resolved to meet the Chief Minister shortly and represent to him the need for solving the hardships faced by plot and land owners who lost their livelihood in the land acquisition. The Government should order an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the “scandal involving an estimated Rs. 10,000 crore”.
Representatives of the Congress, the Telugu Desam, Bharatiya Janata Party, CPI (M), CPI, Praja Rajyam, Lok Satta and CPI (ML-New Democracy), Revolutionary Socialist Party and All India Forward Block in addition to members from the affected families were present at the all-party meeting. Congress official spokesman N. Tulasi Reddy who sympathised with the cause of the affected families, however, strongly defended the steps initiated by the Government into the issue. It was not proper on the part of the Opposition to question Mr. Rosaiah's commitment in the issue.
The Opposition parties, however, wondered why the Government was soft-pedalling on the issue in spite of various agencies including the APIIC itself bringing out several violations committed by the Emaar. The Congress-led UPA Government took a serious view of the “wrong doings” of Emaar Properties in the Commonwealth Games and initiated steps to recover money, but the same keenness was not seen on the part of the State Government.