A section of farmers in Mangalagiri mandal determined to fight with govt tooth and nail
An impression gains ground that only a section of ryots is being victimised.
Villages around Mangalagiri are dominated by small farmers belonging to the Reddy community. Apart from Mangalagiri, villages like Tadepalli, Athmakuru, Kunchanapalli, Kaza, Venkatareddypalem, Namburu, Pedakakani, Mellampudi have sizeable population of farmers belonging to the community. Curiously, the government has proposed to acquire large chunks of land in these villages for reasons best known to the powers that be.
When a Minister in the Naidu government attempted to persuade farmers to part with their lands, promising 40 per cent of built-up area to the original land-owner, they asked him to try his luck in villages like Yadlapadu, Duggirala, Mandadam, Venkatayapalem and Amaravathi where farmers belonging to the Kamma community have sizeable land holdings.
A section of farmers in almost all villages are under the impression that the government is pursuing the policy of vendetta. Ryots in almost all villages, particularly in Mangalagiri and surrounding villages have decided to oppose the land pooling tooth and nail. The government, a section of farmers feel, is trying every trick in the book to place a section of the people in an advantageous position.
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According to sources, the villages dominated by Kammas are outside Mangalagiri, and hence they would be the ultimate beneficiaries if the new capital comes up here. Analysts suspect that the Kammas own huge tracts of land in Nuzvid, Agiripalle, Gannavaram, Bapulapadu, Chatrai and Musunuru mandals and if the capital is built in this town, ultimately they might end up as losers due to land acquisition.
On the other hand, most of the villages in and around Mangalagiri are dominated by Reddys and Kapus. Almost all the unreserved village panchayats are being held by Reddys and Kapus.
“Many villages in Amaravathi, Tulluru and Tenali mandals have significant Kamma population. Perhaps, locating the capital in Mangalagiri might help the landlords of these areas,“ said professor N Prasad of ANU