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Emaar issue snowballing into major row

Voicing concern: Former Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy with the owners of Nanakramguda plots, which were alienated to APIIC and later handed over to Emaar Properties, in Hyderabad on Wednesday. — PHOTO: Satish. H

Voicing concern: Former Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy with the owners of Nanakramguda plots, which were alienated to APIIC and later handed over to Emaar Properties, in Hyderabad on Wednesday. — PHOTO: Satish. H  

Congress leaders want the central leadership to take a serious look at the issue

Alienation of land by AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) to Emaar MGF on the city outskirts to develop a leisure and residential township is snowballing into a major controversy with Congress leaders looking at the party's central leadership to take a serious look at the whole issue.

Congress politics has suddenly electrified after the demand by two former Ministers – D. L. Ravindra Reddy and J. C. Diwakar Reddy -- for a CBI probe into their allegations of irregularities in allotment of 535 acres of land to Emaar MGF, to develop Boulder Hills Gold and Country Club. Unfazed by the attack, loyalists of MP Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy dared their rivals to prevail upon the government to order a probe.

200-page report

Dr. Ravindra Reddy reportedly prepared a 200-page report on the violations and is likely to send it to the central leadership in a day or two for further action. He is said to be planning to dig more into the deals done by APIIC, including allotment of land to Raheja Mind Space.

In the wake of the controversy, Panchayat Raj Minister Botcha Satyanarayana, who held Major Industries portfolio when the Emaar deal took place, left for New Delhi carrying the relevant files to meet Congress leaders. Meanwhile, plot owners of Nanakramguda village, who lost their land, met Dr. Ravindra Reddy and sought his help in securing justice through the Chief Minister.

Jagan loyalists – C. Adinarayana Reddy and G. Srikant Reddy – at a press conference hit back at the Congress MP's detractors. They described the allegations as `sadism' and wondered what prompted Mr. J. C. Diwakar Reddy to raise the issue at this juncture. “They are determined to see that Mr. Jagan is forced to quit the party,” they said.

Mr. Srikant Reddy objected to their remark that those close to YSR and Jagan were sycophants. “Is it a crime to love and admire YSR,” he said. They expressed confidence that the central leadership would either make Mr. Jagan the APCC chief or induct him into the Union Cabinet.



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