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Political parties cash in on farmers’ stir
LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI, MAY 12 (AGENCIES)
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Published on 13 May. 2011 12:53 AM IST
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The political opportunity thrown up by the ongoing land agitation in Greater Noida and parts of western UP has not been lost on the opposition parties in the state, which are trying their best to extract mileage out of the incident.
While the Mayawati government has gone the whole hog to prevent any adverse fallout from the agitation, the Opposition has raked up the issue considering the Vidhan Sabha elections in UP next year.
“The violence is not at all related to land acquisition as there was no dispute with the farmers. The land was being acquired for ‘normal’ development works and the authorities are working on the project,” cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar said.
“A small group of miscreants led by Manvir Tewatiya has been found involved in the incident. We have also come to know that Tewatiya collected donations from villagers and used the money to buy countrymade firearms,” special director general of police (crime, law and order) Brijlal said.
The opposition parties, however, have rubbished the government’s claims and have accused chief minister Mayawati of being anti-farmer.
Extending full support to the agitating farmers of Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida, the Congress party on Thursday demanded a judicial probe into the atrocities committed by the police at the behest of Uttar Pradesh government.
Addressing a press conference, AICC General Secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, Digvijay Singh said, “The Congress party demands a judicial inquiry into the brutal and barbaric treatment of farmers protesting against the forceful acquisition of their lands by the Mayawati government in Noida.”
“Injustice is being meted out to farmers whose land is being acquired at rates as cheap as Rs 800-900 per sqm. There is a bigger scam under which the land is being resold at Rs 3000 per sqm in collusion with officials,” he alleged.
He also demanded the state government should immediately release those farmers and poor villagers who were arrested by the police during last week’s protests. Also the police should withdraw all the cases registered against them.
“The policies of the state government are anti- farmer. This forceful land acquisition clearly is a glaring example of how the BSP government is breaking the laws for the benefit of some business houses,” BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said.

 
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