Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati on Thursday slammed AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi for creating law and order problem in Bhatta-Parasaul village in Greater Noida.
Addressing journalists in Lucknow on Thursday, Mayawati said "instead of creating problem in UP, Yuvaraj (Rahul Gandhi) should fight within his house (Congress) for farmers rights."
The chief minister ridiculed Rahul Gandhi by saying "nobody is listening to him in his house so he came to Bhatta to express his anger".
Laying stress on strictly maintaining law and order Mayawati said Congress "drama" on farmers' issue would not be tolerated. Referring Gandhi's arrest late on Wednesday night, Mayawati said even the high and mighty would not be spared if they tried to disturb peace in the state.
Mayawati said opposition parties should pressurize the Congress to bring the long pending bill on land acquisition. She said the Congress was unwilling to enact the law to protect the interest of farmers.
Mayawati said instead of fighting for the cause of farmers in Lok Sabha, the opposition had turned "UP into sansad". Whereas UP has nothing to do with land acquisition law, she clarified.
Mayawati said there was no land compensation issue in Greater Noida and some people had been trying to mislead the farmers. The land was acquired in 2009 and compensation as per agreement had been paid, she added.
She said opposition parties arranged funds to purchase illegal weapons for farmers in the village to disrupt peace. She also rebutted the charge that the BSP was in league with Congress.
Attacking all opposition parties - Congress, BJP, SP and RLD - Mayawati said they had resorted to mean political tactics in the name of the farmers.
"It is all due to fast approaching electoral battle next year," Mayawati said, adding the opposition had conspired against the BSP government, as they did not have any other issue.
Pointing out that the Congress had tried to create anarchy in Bhatta, she said the motive was to force the government for the release of criminals involved in Saturday's violence.
"The government would not buckle under any pressure," Mayawati said and added instead of attempting release of criminals the Congress leaders should go to Rae Bareli where farmers had been agitating over low compensation for the land acquired for a rail coach factory.
She said the UPA government had assured adequate compensation and job to farmers in factory, but so far there was no progress. Mayawati said farmers met AICC chief Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli on Wednesday.