Vijayawada: Claiming that the Amaravati land pooling scheme is one of the biggest scams, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, the advisor to the Andhra Pradesh government (public affairs), on 26 March said the TDP leaders are trying to fool the people with sting operations but their roles have been fully exposed.

He said that former TDP chief and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu introduced the land pooling scheme to benefit his benamis and close associates. The scam is worth Rs. 1 lakh crore, he said, adding that part of it is illegal transaction of assigned lands. He said Mr. Naidu's aides made agreements on those lands by threatening the poor and snatching their lands at a very low price.

Pointing out that government order number 41 was issued by the then government amending the Land Pooling Act, Mr. Reddy said the sole intention was to benefit those who illegally grabbed the assigned lands from the poor. The GO also has the signatures of the then Chief Minister Mr. Naidu who was also the chairman of CRDA and the municipal minister Narayana, he further said.

He alleged that though the erstwhile TDP government had revealed the capital in January 2015 but even before the announcement, TDP leaders and their aides had already acquired lands in the region. Later, amendments were made to the Land Pooling Act in February 2016 by issuing GO 41 by betraying the poor, he alleged.

Mr. Reddy claimed that TDP leaders were now conducting sting operations only to fool people but people were not ready to believe their cheap tricks. If Chandrababu is not involved in the scam, he should cooperate in the investigation or be prepared to face the penal action for the scam, he said. He also alleged that Mr. Naidu was interested in real estate and not the state capital for if he was really keen to develop the capital city, he would have built it between Vijayawada and Guntur.

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