After Bhatta-Parsaul, Mayawati government now has to contend with Chandauli, where a meeting between farmers, protesting against land acquisition, and district administration has failed and the agitators have vowed to continue their stir.
The meeting was held at Mughalsarai police station between a six-member delegation of farmers and administration comprising district magistrate Vijay Kumar Tripathi and superintendent of police Shalabh Mathur.
"The meeting continued for around half an hour without providing any suitable result," one the members of the delegation said.
During the meeting, farmers demanded written assurance that their land would not be acquired forcibly, he said.
The DM, however, claimed that the meeting with the farmers was successful.
"Land will only be acquired with the consent of farmers. Heavy police force has been deployed near the dharna place (to avoid any untoward incident)," the DM said.
Farmers are demanding higher compensation, president Kisan Sangharsh Samiti(KSS) Ram Lakhan Yadav said.
Farmers of Katesar village in Mugalsarai are on dharna since May 24 against land acquisition by Varanasi Development Authority (VDA). More than 1500 farmers are affected by the acquisition, Yadav alleged.
Out of the 300 hectare of land needed for cultural hub project, 121 hectare is to be acquired in Katesar and rest in Kodopur village, VDA sources said.