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Dharmana must quit, says Narayana

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NARSIPATNAM: Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao accepting to face a probe into the allegations of allotment of a quarry to his son in Srikakulam district and getting a road laid to the quarry under NREGS was welcome, but he must quit as Minister before facing the inquiry, said CPI K. Narayana here on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference before leaving to visit the bauxite mining areas in the Visakha Agency, Mr. Narayana demanded that a law be made to allot captive mines to the public sector steel plants as even the Union Minister for Steel lamented that the steel plants were not getting mines but the private plants were given the benefit.

The Government took away some lakhs of acres of land from the farmers under the SEZ Act and ultimately helped the MNCs and right investors.

The farmer was given Rs.1 lakh or Rs.1.5 lakhs an acre and APIIC sold the land the private developers like Ramky at Rs.4 lakhs.

The same land was being sold to the investors at Rs.1 crore to Rs.1.2 crores an acre. In the same manner the lands of Girijans were also being taken away.

White paper sought

He was confident that the struggle against bauxite mining would succeed and demanded the Government publish a white paper on the funds given to the ITDAs and how they have been spent. Very little went to the Girijans and the ITDAs were centers of corruption, he said.

On the Maoits killing those opposing the anti-bauxite movement, he felt that the Government which was keen to go ahead with bauxite mining would exploit the situation to weaken the movement. Agitaations and not killings would achieve the demand of tribals, he said.

The CPI leader said that Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju was the main accused in all the killings in the Visakha Agency area since he was not speaking about bauxite mining. “If he is not talking, it means that he is supporting mining”, Mr. Narayana said.

The minister must also stop harassing all those who worked against him in the elections, he demanded.

The CPI leader welcomed Praja Rajyam leader Chiranjeevi's demand on Polavaram and recalled that CPI was always supporting Polavaram.

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