Rahul picks holes in Mayawati’s land policy

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Rahul picks holes in Mayawati's land policy July 8 (The Hindu) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi launched a full-scale attack on the Mayawati regime on land acquisition, accusing it of misleading farmers, as his ‘kisan sandesh yatra’ entered the third day on Thursday.

Not only did he accuse the Uttar Pradesh government of benefiting builders and ignoring the interests of farmers and daily-wage labourers, he also said the new Land Acquisition Policy was full of flaws.

At a village “chaupal” (meeting) at Kirpalpur in Aligarh district, he said the State government was trying to mislead farmers by announcing the policy but “not implementing [it] for those whose land was acquired for the [Yamuna] Expressway project.”

Mr. Gandhi raised the issue of daily-wage farm labourers, who lost their livelihood after land was acquired. The division among people had created a situation for brokers to run the government, he said.

Later, Mr. Gandhi assured farmers of Kansera that the Land Acquisition Bill, to be tabled in the Lok Sabha, would safeguard their interests. As he garnered support for the “mahapanchayat” scheduled in Aligarh for July 9, he reiterated that farmers were not opposed to development.

Sources in the Congress said Mr. Gandhi resumed his ‘padyatra’ from Sheorol around 6.30 a.m. on Thursday, and after trekking nine km on the under-construction Yamuna Expressway, reached Kirpalpur. His next stop was Jahangarh, where he interacted with farmers. From there, he walked down to Kansera. After another meeting, he retired for rest to the house of a farmer, Chaudhary Kalyan Singh. Leaving Kansera at 4.45 p.m., he reached Zikarpur, a few km away from Tappal, where farmers had launched a protest against land acquisition for the Expressway.

Even as Mr. Gandhi trekked through the villages in Aligarh district where prohibitory orders were imposed under Section 144 of the Cr. PC, the Bahujan Samaj Party launched a fresh attack on the UPA government.

In a release, a BSP spokesman accused the Centre of adopting a step-motherly treatment of the BSP government, and the consequences had to be borne by the State people. Uttar Pradesh’s share in the Central taxes that amounted to Rs. 21,000 crore was not given to it in the past four years. The Centre took no decision on the State’s demand for a special economic package of Rs. 80,000 crore.

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