"I have great respect for Pawan Kalyan but when he makes such remarks against me, it troubles me," Lokesh said.

Cant stop Amaravati for few farmers Pawan Kalyan stalling capital Nara Lokesh
news Politics Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 09:41

Andhra Pradesh IT Minister Nara Lokesh on Tuesday said that the state's upcoming capital of Amaravati would not be stalled for the sake of a few farmers, who were staging protests. 

Lokesh was speaking in the capital region after inaugurating 10 companies at an IT park in Tadepalle, promoted by the Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu Society (APNRTS). 

Accusing actor-politician and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan of instigating farmers, Lokesh told reporters, “Amaravati will not be stopped for the sake of 100 farmers who are resisting the project. Leaders should also think about the future of thousands of farmers who selflessly parted their valuable land for Amaravati.” 

"I joined politics because I want to serve the people. Not one controversy has taken place in our department. If I have made a mistake, I am ready to listen to criticism and rectify it, but to simply flay me is not right. It troubles me as well," the Minister said. 

"I have great respect for Pawan Kalyan but when he makes such remarks against me, it troubles me. Amaravati is our capital and just because a few people are intentionally coming in the way, how many farmers will be denied opportunities? This is not correct. The Chief Minister has a vision which we will fulfil and we are open to criticism," he added.

Just last week, the Hyderabad High Court stayed the acquisition of land in Undavalli village, which comes under the area of Andhra Pradesh's upcoming capital Amaravati.

The court was hearing a petition filed by locals of the village, stating that local authorities had started acquiring land, without permission from the state government or the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).

Questioning the land acquisition in the village, which falls under Tadepalli mandal in Guntur district, the Hyderabad HC said that it was not correct and stayed the procedure. 

This came a day after Pawan Kalyan assured farmers in Undavalli village, that he would stand with them in the face of their land being taken away from them forcibly.


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