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The News Minute | November 7, 2014 | 7:10 pm IST The Andhra Pradesh unit of the BJP is having a major disagreement with its ally, the TDP over the issue of land acquisition from the farmers to build AP's next capital. The BJP says that the compensation package being offered by the TDP government to the farmers for acquiring land for the construction of the new capital is faulty and demanded that this be revised The BJP claimed that 40,000 agricultural labourers are assured of livelihood till March because of the crops growing on the lands. With farmers in no mood to surrender their land for capital, and the allies joining the opposition in demanding a fair deal, the AP government is likely to increase the yearly remuneration offer from Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000 per acre or even more. The present prices in the earmarked villages however are between Rs 1 crore and Rs 3 crore per acre. The government is also considering offering farmers developed plots with permission to construct high-rise commercial buildings on either side of the road. The BJP on the other hand, added that there is enough time for the TDP to revise the compensation package. According to a report in The Times of India, the key demands of the ally are - 1) 50% developed lands to be returned to farmers after land pooling 2) Land should be given in the commercial zone of the capital 3) A job each for every family that loses land 4) Relief for tenant farmers, agricultural labourers, shepherds and pig farmers 5) Separate compensation package for riverside villages The party also threatened to launch an agitation if these demands were not met.

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