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Mysoora Reddy calls off his roadside protest

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SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu at party leader M.V. Mysoora Reddy's house in Hyderabad on Monday. - Photo: Satish H
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu at party leader M.V. Mysoora Reddy's house in Hyderabad on Monday. - Photo: Satish H

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Demands judicial enquiry into all ULCA exemptions involving 250 acres of prime land

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam leader M. V. Mysoora Reddy called off his two-day roadside protest against the Government's decision to fence off the only passage leading to his house in Banjara Hills here on Monday, following an appeal made by party president N. Chandrababu Naidu.

That the Government's move smacked of political vendetta could be gauged from the fact that it has fenced off a 100 yard passage and put up a "Trespassers will be prosecuted" board, leaving out the abutting vast three acre Government land worth Rs. 100 crores, Dr. Reddy told presspersons.

He accused the Government of granting exemption from Urban Land Ceiling Act and "gifting" away this three-acre land to an individual Madan Mohanlal Sriram for building a hotel in violation of the existing rules. He said the Government had issued 180 GOs granting similar exemptions involving 250 acres of prime land in and around the city, worth Rs. 1,000 crores and demanded a judicial inquiry into the "scam".

While appealing to Dr. Reddy to call off his protest, Mr. Naidu charged the Congress Government with developing a dictatorial streak, seen in the way it was liquidating TDP leaders and workers, stifling the voice of the Opposition and filing defamation cases against Opposition leaders and the media.

The action was politically motivated as Dr. Reddy got an assurance from the Revenue and Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad officials to use the passage till the sump, which was there on the portion he had given away for road widening, was shifted and the access ramp to the house laid.

This was before he left for Kadapa but on the same night, barbed wire was installed and a board put up.

"Obviously the officials were acting on the orders of the political leadership. We will not be cowed down by such threats and we will fight it out in Assembly and outside," the TDP leader said.


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