Vijayawada: YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) leaders extended solidarity with farmers who have been protesting at Secretariat on Sunday against the TDP government’s decision to acquire their land for construction of new capital city.

The issue of farmers’ protests once again surfaced after the government officials forcibly tried to acquire land from one Gadde Meera Prasad on Saturday. Meera Prasad refused to part with his land for the laying of a road in the Capital Region and was subsequently arrested by the police. He is now leading the farmers’ protests.

Speaking to press persons here on Sunday, Bapatla YSRCP MP Candidate Nandigama Suresh expressed his ire on TDP government for ill treating farmers. He alleged that Chandrababu Naidu had acted in violation of the High Court orders and built a road through Meera Prasad's land and this was done in accordance to Vasthu compliance. Suresh gave an assurance that the YSRCP would support Meera Prasad.

Suresh said that the police and revenue officials were harassing the farmers and there was nothing new about their behaviour. He reminded that in the past to drive the farmers away and usurp their lands they had even burnt their fields. Instead of acting impartially and supporting the farmers the officials were acting like Chandrababu's stooges, he said. Suresh also alleged that Thulluru DS Kesappa, ADC, MRO Padmavathi and other officials had colluded with the TDP and were harassing the farmers.

Nandigama Suresh said that if the YSRCP is voted to power, they would ensure that justice would be done to famers like Meera Prasad and others. He also promised to reopen the case where the farmers' lands were burnt and have the accused arrested.

He also exuded confidence that Chandrababu's regime would end by May 23 and 'Rajanna Rajyam' under the leadership of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy would be ushered in.

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