Political parties in Telangana have got an unsolicited gift from Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekha Rao in the form of land for their offices at a throwaway price.The Telangana cabinet which met eight hours on Friday evening took a decision to allot land not exceeding one acre to each recognised political party at the rate of Rs 100 per square yard, to construct their party offices.
It would mean each party can get an acre of land at a cost less than Rs 5 lakh. What is more, the cabinet decided that these party offices are to be exempted from property tax.“Since in a democratic society political parties are of very important, lands have to be allotted to them. In accordance with guidelines of earlier governments, land allotment to TRS party in 29 districts is being done for constructing party offices in district headquarters,” the cabinet note said.
It is pretty evident that the decision was taken primarily to benefit the TRS with land allotments in all the districts. The TRS has its party offices in Hyderabad and Warangal. So, it will get lands in the remaining 29 districts.Since the discretionary power of allotting lands has been vested with the government, it is highly unlikely for the opposition parties to get the land in the districts.
The Congress anyway has Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad, while the CPI has Makhdoom Bhavan, CPM Makineni Basava Punnaiah Bhavan and the BJP Shyam Prasad Mukherjee Bhavan.Except for the Congress, the chances of other parties to take the land offers are unlikely.