After the Mayawati administration denied permission to the Congress to hold its proposed July 9 farmers' convention - to be addressed by party general secretary Rahul Gandhi at Bhatta-Parsaul - the party machinery has got down to establishing contact with farmers' groups and garnering support for a similar show in Aligarh.
The state government, which refused permission for Bhatta-Parsaul or other rural areas in Gautam Budha Nagar district - which have been an epicentre of a farmer agitation against land acquisition from January to May this year - has said it's "fine with the Congress holding its convention in Aligarh".
Union minister Sachin Pilot on Sunday reached Noida and appealed to party workers to mobilise public support for the Aligarh kisan maha panchayat. Two weeks after a four-month-long, off and on farmer agitation in Bhatta-Parsaul turned into a full-blown violent confrontation - killing two policemen and as many farmers on May 7 - Pilot had been arrested in Ghaziabad while trying to sneak into Ground Zero.
On Sunday, he chose Noida to address about 300 party workers - who had assembled at Jhundpura - and asked them to brace for the Aligarh meet. With the event, the party wanted a repeat of "Rahul show", in the run-up to the UP assembly elections.
Pilot said inputs from farmers would be taken to the PM and used as reference, when a new land acquisition bill is tabled in Parliament, this monsoon session.