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The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has demanded that the state government return to farmers land acquired for various SEZs claiming that most of it was anyway lying vacant. Land taken in the name of SEZs is being given away to realtors, said former minister Kodela Siva Prasad. He added that the government should restore land to farmers wherever the proposed projects have failed to come up.

A five-member TDP team on Saturday visited Ramanakkapeta village in Uppada Kottapalli mandal, where farmers are observing a vanta varpu stir against the Kakinada SEZ. TDP leaders MLC Dadi Veerabhadra Rao and Boddu Bhaskara Rama Rao, among others, asked farmers to continue with their protest till the government gives back their land. Prasad alleged that only 26 SEZs in the state can be said to be functioning whereas the allotted figure forAndhra Pradesh was 111, which means that there is a lot of land area that is unused and susceptible to corrupt dealings.

he anti-Kakinada SEZ agitation has been gaining momentum by the day and it was learnt that TDP president Chandrababu Naidu is planning to visit the farmers in a show of solidarityon April 20. The protest against Kakinada SEZ has gained the support of various political parties in the state. K Narayana, the CPI state secretary, too, has extended his support to the agitators. He has demanded action against those who have come into possession of farming land in violation of rules.