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Morcha to amend land laws if voted to power: VP

ELATED WITH the response to the ?Mukti Sangram Yatra? from Deoria to Dadri, former Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh today virtually announced the election manifesto of Jan Morcha Alliance even as he demanded that the Land Acquisition Act should be amended to check land acquisition for private sector projects and ensure that farmers got market rates for their land. Asserting that the JMA would form the next government in UP, Singh said the necessary action to amend acquisition laws and for cooperative loans of farmers would be taken at the first cabinet meeting if JMA came to power in Uttar Pradesh.

india Updated: Oct 01, 2006 01:21 IST

ELATED WITH the response to the ‘Mukti Sangram Yatra’ from Deoria to Dadri, former Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh today virtually announced the election manifesto of Jan Morcha Alliance even as he demanded that the Land Acquisition Act should be amended to check land acquisition for private sector projects and ensure that farmers got market rates for their land.

Asserting that the JMA would form the next government in UP, Singh said the necessary action to amend acquisition laws and for cooperative loans of farmers would be taken at the first cabinet meeting if JMA came to power in Uttar  Pradesh.

Other announcements he made included cheaper diesel to farmers, quota to backward classes among Muslims, poor among upper castes, proper share to most backward classes in OBC quota and inclusion of Rajbhar and other castes in the list of tribes.

Singh along with JMA convenor Raj Babbar, was talking to mediapersons at the meet –the- press programme organised at the Uttar Pradesh Press Club here to mark completion of the first phase of Mukti Sangram Yatra. Singh compared the private sector to a wolf trying to grab maximum land for Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and other projects at cheaper price and said there was no justification in acquiring the land for private sector. The private sector should buy the land at market rates from farmers or else liberalisation would have no meaning, said Singh.

Raj Babbar launched a frontal attack on Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying that the CM should come out with details of what he had done for farmers. About super star Amitabh Bachchan calling the CM a ‘devta’ (god), Babbar said the people were getting ready to immerse his ‘defiled idol’ soon.

Replying to a question about the proposed hanging of parliament attack case convict Mohammad Afzal, Babbar said this was not the case of any individual. There should be an end to the barbaric law that allowed hanging, he said, adding hanging of any individual was a non-issue.

Earlier, taking a dig at Mulayam Singh Yadav government, Singh said it was not taking care of farmers. A large chunk of land had been allotted for the Dadri power project that needed only 50 acres of land. No efforts were being made to instal gas pipeline for the project, he said, adding that the boundary wall was being constructed there to protect the land.

Singh also demanded that a national rehabilitation council be constituted to ensure rehabilitation of all those being displaced, be they farmers, hutment dwellers or others. If this was not done, the ‘sea of poverty’ would wash way all the development like a tsunami, he said, adding that a question mark remained on the share of farmers and poor in the rising sensex or the GDP. Singh also demanded that powers of the banks to issue recovery certificates should also be withdrawn. While banks were issuing RCs to recover loans of farmers, no such action was being taken against industrialists, he said and demanded that a security council be constituted to ensure safety and security of farmers.