Vote Polepalli thirteen- Say ‘No’ to SEZ Killings మే 28, 2008Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Appeals, elections, Mahabubnagar, politics, Telangana.
‘We are ready to sacrifice our lives’
Stating that they were cheated by the governments, the 13 victims under the banner of Polepally SEZ Vyathireka Ikya Sanghatana said they were contesting the Jadcherla bypolls on May 29 to send across a strong message to the powers-that-be that they were ready to sacrifice their lives to get back their lands taken away by the officials in the name of SEZ.
Kanduri Kurmaiah, one of the contestants and whose land was taken away for the SEZ, told newsmen here on Tuesday that his six acres of land was usurped by the government which later sold it to a pharma company for a fortune. “I was paid a paltry Rs 18,000 per acre. When we raised the issue, our voices were muzzled, threatened and false cases foisted against us,” he said.
“It is in this backdrop that we have decided to contest the polls,” he said and urged the voters to teach a lesson to the parties and governments which make business by selling farmers’ lands. Demanding that the government give back the lands to the poor farmers, Kurmaiah said the atrocities against the villagers must stop and the SEZ project should be scrapped.
Convenor of the sanghatana Kagula Madhu assailed the government for acquiring around 1,000 acres of fertile land belonging to dalits, tribals and BC farmers in the name of developing a mega green park. “Later, the project was converted into a pharma SEZ. The government, especially APIIC, is acting like a real estate broker for big companies by usurping lands from poor farmers at cheap rates and selling them to big business houses,” he said.
Joining the issue, Useni Satyamma, a contestant in the bypoll, said the officials took away her eight acres of land. “The SEZ Act has proved a deathknell for many of us and our lives have been destroyed,” she regretted.
Urging the people to put an end to this daylight robbery of poor farmers, the SEZ victims said they should exercise their conscience vote by rejecting the parties which have vested interests
source: Times of India, 28 May 2008
Wednesday May 28 2008 10:00 ISTExpress News Service
Kanduri Kurmaiah, an SEZ affected farmer, addressing a press conference demanding withdrawal of SEZ Act in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
HYDERABAD: Thirteen independent candidates from Jadcheral Assembly seat, who entered the fray to register their protest against Polepally Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Mahaboobnagar district, said they would contest in the next general elections too if the State Government failed to address their problem.
Alleging that the police and leaders of other political parties were trying to intimidate them, the independent candidates, who lost their lands and livelihood in the SEZ urged the Election Commission to come to their rescue.
Addressing a press conference here, Kanduri Kurmaiah, one of the independent candidate, said that they became beggars in their own village after their land was acquired for the SEZ.
“To register our protest, we have decided to contest the elections. No political party came to our rescue when the previous TDP regime took over our land for ‘green park’. Even Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy is not interested in listening to our vows and solve the problem,” Kurmaiah said.
U Satyamma, another independent candidate, said that the Government forcibly acquired her eight acre land.
“Congress candidate from Jadcherla Mallu Ravi promised to look into the issue once the elections are over. But, we are not prepared to believe him,” B Seenaiah Goud, another victim, said.