GUNTUR: Revenue officials who are trying to pacify farmers to give their lands for the new capital of Andhra Pradesh had to meet with resistance during some meetings.
In a meeting of farmers, of Penumaka and Undavalli, held at Undavalli on Tuesday night, the farmers stated that they were unwilling to give their lands for the new capital.
Farmer N. Ramu and others alleged that the government was trying to snatch the lands of small and marginal farmers belonging to weaker sections.
They demanded the government to first acquire lands of wealthy Kamma farmers and also to use barren lands for the new capital.
Contrary to general perception, Mangalagiri is not a Kamma dominant area. Their population is very thin in almost all the villages along the national highway right from Guntur to Vijayawada. Not even a single village panchayat is being administered by leaders of the community .
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.