ANDHRA PRADESH

Prove fund-collection charge: Left

Invites Government for joint inspection of ‘Indiramma’ scheme implementation

HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the CPI have criticised the Government for levelling “baseless” charges against them over the land struggle and announced their decision to intensify their agitation by organising ‘jail bharo’, picketing and other protests from next month.

The CPI(M) has invited the Government for a joint inspection of the implementation of Indiramma scheme, so that the ‘large-scale irregularities’ could be brought to light. “The Government can select a village of its choice and we are prepared to show to lapses that have taken place,” CPI(M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu has said.

He took strong objection to the reported claims of Congress leaders that the Communists are “collecting money and doing business” in the name of land struggle. “We are prepared to resign from our posts if they can prove their charge,” he said.

Mr. Raghavulu along with his CPI counterpart K. Narayana was addressing an impressive gathering at Indira Park here on Saturday where the two Left parties staged a day-long dharna in protest against the “repression” unleashed by the Government on the agitating people. Dr. Narayana said his party had received a show cause notice seeking an explanation on “why the party should not be de-recognised for provoking the poor.”

Payment of bribe

Alleging that the Indiramma housing scheme was full of irregularities right from the selection of beneficiaries, the two leaders said several genuine beneficiaries were left out while those already in possession of house sites or houses managed to get sanctions. Moreover, genuine poor had to pay bribe at different levels to get money released for construction.

Under these circumstances, it was highly objectionable on the part of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy to ask the officials concerned to quell the agitations with an iron hand.

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