TRS Govt harassing Tribals in the name of forest surveys: Congress

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· Dharani portal has ruined farmers’ lives: Shabbir
· Shabbir leads dharna in Kamareddy on farmers’ issue

Kamareddy, November 24: Former Minister & ex-Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir on Thursday alleged that the TRS Govt was harassing the Tribals in the name of forest surveys, Harita Haram and podu lands.

He was addressing a massive dharna at Kamareddy MRO Office on Thursday which was organised as part of the Congress party’s statewide agitation on agriculture issues andKamareddy-Dharna-6 against the Dharani portal. Dharnas were held at the headquarters of Bikanoor, Kamareddy, Machareddy and Domakonda Mandals of Kamareddy district as part of the statewide agitation.

Addressing the dharna, Shabbir Ali said that the Congress party has been demanding the cancellation of the Dharani portal which has ruined the lives of thousands of farmers. He said thousands of farmers have lost their lands due to the glitches in the Dharani portal. This also forced several farmers to commit suicide. He said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao was not resolving the issues being faced by farmers due to his arrogance. He alleged that the Dharani portal has also led to widespread corruption across the State.

Shabbir Ali said that the TRS Govt was also taking away the land allotted by previous Congress governments to farmers and weaker sections, especially those belonging to theKamareddy-Dharna-5 Dalit and Tribal communities. He said that the ongoing tussle over ‘Podu’ lands was a creation of the TRS Govt as it wants to take away lands allotted to the Tribals in the past.

The Congress leader appealed to the Tribals not to get provoked and attack the officials. He said that the Congress party would return to power in the next elections and it would restore the Tribals’ rights over the forest land.

He also appealed to the farmers to support the Congress party’s agitation against the Dharani portal. He said that the Congress party would not rest until the Dharani portal was cancelled.

Shabbir Ali said that former Congress president Sonia Gandhi granted statehood to Telangana in view of sacrifices made by the youth and students. However, he said KCR and his ministers were looting the Telangana by neglecting the sacrifices made by the martyrs and their families.

Later, the Congress leaders submitted a memorandum to the MRO on the agricultural issues and the Dharani portal. Kamareddy DCC President Kailasa Srinivasa Rao and other senior leaders also participated in the dharna.