ANDHRA PRADESH

Naidu receives notice in land allotment case

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam Party President N. Chandrababu Naidu has received a notice from the Anti-Corruption Bureau's designated court in the case relating to the allotment of land to IMG Sports Academy. The party spokesman has criticised the way the notice was served at 8.30 p.m.

Earlier addressing a press conference the party spokesman, M.V. Mysoora Reddy had categorically denied that Mr. Naidu had received summons from the Court, as reported in the media.

"It could only be a notice which has not been received so far," he had clarified to the media persons at 5 p.m.

Asked about the report that the effluents from the Heritage Milk Products plant at Kasipentla near Tirupati were responsible for the death of two villagers, he said the company had already issued a denial.

`No respect for House'

Dr. Mysoora Reddy condemned the Government ordinance increasing sales tax from 7.5 percent to 12 percent for clubs, hotels, restaurants and sweet meat shops, saying it will cast a burden on the people. The issue of ordinance at a time when the Assembly session was to begin shows that the Government had no respect for the House, he claimed.

He said the Government has raised taxes by Rs. 8000 crores during the last two years.

For 2005-06 the revenue from sales tax was estimated to be Rs. 19,980 crores, which meant a whopping annual tax burden of about Rs. 2,000 on every citizen of Andhra Pradesh.

On Pothireddypadu head regulator issue, he said there was no confusion on the party's stand. All it wanted from the Government was removal of apprehensions among people over expansion of the capacity of the regulator.