HYDERABAD: The Kokapet land auction triggered a face-off between Congress and the TRS government on Monday with police placing Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president A Revanth Reddy and several Congress functionaries under house arrest to prevent them from going to the site.
Congress decided to intensify its fight and move court seeking a probe into the alleged “scam of Rs 1,000 crore in the land auction” conducted by the state government recently.
Congress would also submit to the Centre and CBI evidence of land parcels being auctioned at a less price than the market value to firms, allegedly close to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s family or connected with the ruling TRS, causing a loss of at least Rs 1,000 crore to the government.
“If the NDA government does not order a CBI probe or no other serious action is taken, we will go to the court seeking cancellation of land auction and a probe into the suspected scam,” Revanth Reddy told mediapersons.
Revanth, who is also Malkajgiri MP, shot off a letter to the Lok Sabha speaker stating that police were not allowing him to go to airport to fly to Delhi to attend the Parliament session. “Is Kokapet located outside India that we were not allowed to visit the site. This only reflects how the TRS government is suppressing any attempt to expose its corruption,” he alleged.
However, police clarified that the MP was told he was free to go to Delhi and that they stopped him only from going to Kokapet land auction site to prevent any untoward incident.
TRS leaders denied the charge of any irregularity in land auctions and said the entire bidding process was transparent.
Revanth alleged that KCR was meting out injustice to 260 Dalit families, who were given land pattas in and around Kokapet by the previous Congress governments in the combined state. “CM KCR wants to implement Dalita Bandhu scheme in Huzurabad by the money raised from Kokapet land auction. The government should inform people what happened to the land pattas of 260 Dalit families,” Revanth demanded, and threw a challenge at the government to book any number of cases against him if his allegations were proved wrong.
Apart from Revanth Reddy, police did not allow CLP leader Bhatti Vikramarka, TPCC working president T Jayaprakash Reddy, former minister Mohd Ali Shabbir, Youth Congress leader Anil Kumar Yadav and others to proceed towards Kokapet.
AICC in-charge of Telangana and MP from Tamil Nadu, Manickam Tagore condemned the house arrest of Revanth and said he would raise the issue in Parliament.
However, several Congress activists managed to reach the Kokapet land site and planted party flags. Police took them into custody.


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