Visakhapatnam: A day after several structures were demolished in anti-encroachment drive at Gajuwaka, ruling and opposition party leaders blamed each other for grabbing government land.
Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao said the TDP leaders took advantage of the loopholes in the abolished Estate and Inam Acts and encroached upon government land. He said while the TDP leaders tarnished the image of the Visakhapatnam city, chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was trying to restore its glory by making it the executive capital.
Seeking support of all the political parties in retrieving encroached lands, the minister said action would be taken against those trying to swindle the government land irrespective of their political status.
"Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy does not discriminate. Soon after the SIT report on the Vizag land scam will be made public, action will be initiated against those involved in the land scam,'' the minister said.
Meanwhile, former Gajuwaka MLA and senior TDP leader Palla Srinivasa Rao said not an inch of his land was seized by the revenue officials on Sunday. In a press conference on Monday, Palla Srinivasa Rao challenged the YSRC to prove encroachment or render an apology to the people of Visakhapatnam.
"If the allegations are proved, I will quit politics for good,'' Srinivasa Rao said.
He said it was a political vendetta against him by the ruling party. He said he refused to join YSRC and later launched an indefinite hunger strike against the steel plant privatization. Both the decisions earned him huge public support. Unable to digest his popularity, the YSRC government resorted to the allegations of land grabbing.