No holds barred, Maya accuses Rahul of theatrics
In a veiled reference to Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati accused opposition parties of attempting to disturb law and order by spreading rumours on land acquisition and dubbed Rahul Gandhi's dharna in Greater Noida as 'mean theatrics'.delhi Updated: May 12, 2011 19:08 IST
In a veiled reference to Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati accused opposition parties of attempting to disturb law and order by spreading rumours on land acquisition and dubbed Rahul Gandhi's dharna in Greater Noida as 'mean theatrics'.
She said the clashes in Bhatta Parsaul in Greater Noida had nothing to do with the issue of land compensation.
"By spreading lies and rumours, opposition parties are attempting to disturb law and order situation by misleading people and Bhatta Parsaul incident is an example of their dirty politics," Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow.
She accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who staged a dharna in Bhatta on Wednesday before being detained and released, of indulging in "mean dramatics".
Mayawati said that whatever Rahul Gandhi has to do on the issue of acquisition of farmers' land, he should first do in his party.
"I would like to tell 'Yuvraj' that whatever struggle he has to do, he should do in his home first, as the decision is in the hands of the Centre.
"It seems that he is not being heard in his own home and he is venting his frustration by indulging in mean dramatics," she alleged.
Mayawati said that from time to time the cabinet secretary has on her behalf clarified the situation, but still an attempt was being made to mislead people by associating the issue with land compensation.
"As a part of the conspiracy rumours are being spread that the land has been given for Yaumna and Ganga expressways, which is completely false," she said.
She said the land was taken for development under masterplan of the Greater Noida Authority.
"I strongly condemn false publicity despite repeated clarification," she said.
Mayawati said that farmers in Gautam Buddha Nagar gave their land to Greater Noida authority way back in 2009 and had taken the compensation.
"From this it is clear that the incident had nothing to with the compensation. This is dity politics of the opposition parties," she alleged.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Rajnath Singh began his hunger strike against the UP government's land asquisition policies in Ghaziabad as police baton-charged and detained several Congress leaders and workers, including UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi, during a statewide protest against the arrest of Rahul Gandhi.
"Several party leaders and workers were injured in the lathicharge on peaceful protesters and UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi was manhandled by police," party spokesman Subodh Srivastava said in Lucknow.
The Congress has announced a state-wide chakka jam on Thursday to protest Gandhi's arrest in Bhatta Parsaul on Wednesday night and in support of farmers' demands in Greater Noida. The Congress general secretary was later released.
In Lucknow, the Congress workers led by state president Joshi staged a demonstration at Bapu Bhawan crossing near Vidhan Bhawan and blocked roads.
In a bid to disperse the agitating party workers, police resorted to lathicharge in which several party workers were injured.
Police later detained several party workers, including Joshi, and they were taken to the police line.
In Rae Bareli, two MLAs and MLCs along with other party workers were detained and later released after they blocked the national highway this morning.
Similar protests were held in other parts of the state including Jhansi, Meerut, Allahabad and Sitapur districts.