It seems that the stories of corruption and land grabbing under the leadership of Chandrababu Naidu will never end as they keep coming up. From 2014 to 2019, the name of Naidu resonated with corruption, scams and land grabbing and misuse of money. There is a huge list of people who benefited while Chandrababu Naidu was CM of Andhra Pradesh and one of the them is Lingamaneni Ramesh. Once accused of encroaching on other’s land, he was awarded relief once he offered payment to the then CM, Chandrababu Naidu. Who is 420 in AP? You can decide after reading the details of what conspired between the two during Naidu’s reign as CM.
Who is Lingamaneni Ramesh?
This is the first thing anyone who wants to know about the land scams in AP during Naidu’s power would want to know. He is the owner of the now defunct Aircosta airlines. The reason he is knows is that he was accused of grabbing land and building a palace on the banks of River Krishna. Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh govt had declared the building illegal as it was found to be in breach of environmental laws and illegal land grabbing.
Later, everything changes when he gifted the palace to the then Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu. It was a gift in return for all the favors and benefits he had received from the then govt. What Chandrababu Naidu did was take the guest house with its illegal status and made it his official guest house.
Land Grabbing and Illegal Occupation
Now that he was friends with the CM, Lingamaneni Ramesh had the support of the govt behind him. This gave him enough courage and power to grab hundreds of lands into his custody from Gunter to Vijayawada cities. He then had the audacity to build a fence around these illegally occupied lands. The most shocking thing was that his estate came close to the area of the capital city region and then turned the other way.
It is a well-known fact that Chandrababu Naidu and his party people used benamis to buy lands and then sell it to the govt. Thanks to extensive media expose, the names of Naidu’s benamis came into light. The AP media, such as the Sakshi Daily ran a series of stories about the land transaction in the capital region with irrefutableproof about the nexus between Chandrababu Naidu andLingamaneni Ramesh. The farmers who lost their lands to the Lingamaneni Ramesh shared their stories. They gave details of how he grabbed their land and added to his estate. Their statement proved one thing – Chandrababu Naidu was deeply involved with this man and his land grabbing activities. Now its easy to decide who is 420 in AP.
Evidence Given by the Farmers
The evidence given by the farmers were responsible to bringing the matter into light. The farmers shared their stories of how Lingamaneni Ramesh didn’t allow them to visit their own land, even though they were the rightful owner. Part of the farmers’ lands were in his estate, which is fenced and the farmers were barred from visiting it. He even had his own army to take care of things. It was a clear case of land mafia.
The farmers had no option but to complain about the activity but that didn’t bring them any good news. The revenue official didn’t do anything to help the poor farmers. Even the police didn’t have the guts to intervene in the matter where the CM was directly involved.
When more details came it was found that Lingamaneni had grabbed 300 acres of land of the survey numbers of191, 192, and 226, among others. These lands belonged to the farmers. Finally, they approached the media for help and shared their stories. Thanks to their testimonies, people came to know about what was happening. No doubt that the answer to the question who is 420 in AP is Chandrababu Naidu. This is was juts anther day for the former CM as there are so many land grabbing stories related to him.
Chandrababu Naidu and Lingamaneni
Lingamaneni couldn’t have done this alone. He had the full support of Chandrababu Naidu, who is 420 in AP and there is no doubt about it. When Naidu came to power, he allowed Lingamaneniused the opportunity to expand his estate by grabbing the lands of the farmers. The farmers were made to sign the empty stamp papers and the Lingamaneni and Co.wrote whatever they wanted to on the blank piece of paper. They grabbed the land worth Rs. 1,500 crore and then Lingamaneni converted these lands into an ‘estate’.
To protect the illegal lands, Lingamenenibuilt a fence around the around, deployed private security guards and installed CCTV cameras. The land value increase but the farmers were not allowed to enter their own property. The matter came to light when a farmer who still had the papers reported the incident. The AP media was quick to report the stories and helped bring the story to light.
There is no doubt that Chandrababu Naidu was behind all these things. Lingameneni couldn’t have done it alone. The then CM must have got some kickbacks in return for the support apart from the palace. It is now easy to decide who is 420 in AP.
This was another story of how Chandrababu Naidu misused the power and allowed corruption to thrive in the state. Land grabbing was common when he was CM and there are many instances of it. Thanks to courage of the farmers and the media, the truth finally came to light. Who is 420 in AP? You can decide now.
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