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JD(U) to seek amendment in Land Act: Sharad

india Updated: Jul 09, 2006 21:15 IST

Slamming moves by industrial houses to acquire land for setting up SEZs and power projects, Janata Dal(U) President Sharad Yadav on Sunday said his party would raise the matter in the coming session of Parliament.

The JD(U) would seek an amendment in the Land Acquisition Act, 1931, he told a public rally in Gurgaon held to protest setting up of SEZ by Reliance on 25,000 acres of land in the district.

His party would propose half ownership rights for farmers even after their land was acquired, Yadav said.

He also flayed Reliance Energy's decision to acquire land in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh for its power station.

The Ambanis should establish their proposed units in unutilised or barren land in Rajasthan or Madhya Prahesh, the JD(U) chief suggested.

He said the land in Delhi and nearby areas should not be acquired for industrial purposes as this fertile land was the source of livelihood for farmers.

Industrial and other projects like power stations should be set up in barren land, Yadav said.

Later, talking to reporters he said the Centre should not re-activate the Ayodhya issue and instead maintain status quo as directed by the Supreme Court.

On price spiral, Yadav flayed the Centre for its "inaction" on this front saying prices of essential commodities had increased manifold since the UPA government assumed office at the Centre.

Former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra referred to the plight of farmers and said they were committing suicides as they were mired in debt.

Legislator Naresh Yadav said he would undertake a Rathyatra in villages where the Reliance was acquiring land for the SEZ.