Farmers in a village in Hanamkonda district are opposing the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) holding a mega public meeting on November 29.
Farmers in Hasanparthy mandal’s Devannapet village staged a protest on Friday against authorities’ alleged attempts to take their agricultural lands for the meeting near Warangal.
When a group of officials went to survey the lands at the meeting’s proposed location, they were met with opposition from farmers.
Farmers chanted anti-TRS slogans and stated unequivocally that the lands will not be given to the ‘Vijaya Garjana,’ as the TRS meeting is known.
One of them stated that their crops were ready for harvesting and that if their lands were taken, they would suffer significant losses. They demanded that the TRS look for a different location to hold the meeting.
Another farmer claimed that TRS leaders, revenue officials, and police threatened him if he did not give up his land.
Farmers have staged a protest for the second time in three days, refusing to give up their land for the meeting. Farmers protested against TRS leaders on Wednesday, including government whip Vinay Bhaskar and former minister Kadiam Srihari. When farmers refused to allow TRS leaders into their fields, a local TRS corporator and some party workers thrashed them.
TRS leaders were barred from entering their fields by the protesters. The ruling party wants to hold its mega public meeting here because it is close to the Hyderabad-Warangal highway.
Farmers argue that because gravel will be used to level the ground as part of the meeting’s arrangements, the soil will be harmed, making it difficult for them to grow crops in the future. They claim that the boundaries of their land holdings will be erased as well.
The TRS intends to mobilise ten lakh people for the mega rally being held to commemorate the party’s two-decade existence. The meeting, according to the ruling party’s leaders, will highlight the party’s achievements over the last two decades, as well as the progress made by the state under TRS rule since 2014.
Farmers’ opposition to TRS comes soon after the party’s defeat in the Huzurabad Assembly by-election.
Last month, TRS announced that the meeting would take place on November 15. It was decided to change the date to November 29 on Monday, a day before the counting of votes cast in the by-election for the Huzurabad Assembly constituency.