Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday accused the opposition YSR Congress of creating hurdles in the development of new capital and refuted allegations of thousands of acres of land being purchased by some ministers, MPs and MLAs of the ruling Telugu Desam Party.
Refuting allegations of questionable land deals in the Amaravati region, which has been notified as the state Capital, Naidu said, since June 2, 2014, a total of 9,231 acres of land was sold, and as many as 20,306 transactions took place in the region.
"Amaravati was notified as the state's new Capital region on September 3, 2014. Between June 2 (when the state was bifurcated) and September 3, 2014, about 604 transactions took place and 515 acres of land was sold. Between September 4 and December 8, 2014 when the land-pooling policy for the Capital was announced, 1,756 transactions were recorded wherein 1,724 acres of land was sold.
"Since December 9, 2014, to date, 9,304 transactions happened and 6,573 acres of land was sold. In all, 20,306 transactions happened and 9231 acres of land changed hands," Naidu said at a press conference in the state Secretariat.
Of the top 100 land deals in the Capital region, the highest area of land purchased in a single transaction was 7.5 acres and the lowest was two acres. In all 100 people purchased a total of 365.66 acres, the Chief Minister said.
Naidu's statement came following a series of news reports alleging thousands of acres of land being purchased by some ministers, MPs and legislators belonging to the ruling Telugu Desam Party.
The reports also alleged that Chandrababu's son and TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh purchased vast tracts of land using benami (proxy) buyers.
"Some media houses have been publishing and telecasting malicious news stories on the land deals...They dragged even my son's name despite the fact that the said property is under attachment by the Crime Investigation Department," the CM said.