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'Agitating farmers dubbed as Naxals in UP'

india Updated: Feb 23, 2012 21:48 IST

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"If farmers fight for their rights in Uttar Pradesh, they are branded Naxals and showered with bullets," Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday lamented.

At an election meeting here, he said that on the other hand builders are gifted lands worth crores of rupees at throwaway prices.

Rahul, who had championed the cause of farmers in Bhatta Parsaul village on Delhi outskirts, asked if it was a crime to agitate in support of a just demand?

Bhatta Parsaul village near Greater Noida had last year emerged as the epicentre of the agitation by farmers demanding higher compensation for their land acquired by the Mayawati government.

Accusing the BSP government of ignoring the plights of farmers, he said farmers are committing suicide, but the government is not doing anything for them.

He said all the chief ministers of non-Congress parties have ruined the state and looted money, but the Congress would change the situation in UP in the next five years and would not rest till his mission was accomplished.