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Politicians fishing in troubled waters

With an eye on the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, political parties have planted their candidates in the guise of farmer leaders. Leaders have hijacked a better part of the ongoing stir against land acquisition.

india Updated: Jul 29, 2011 23:58 IST

With an eye on the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, political parties have planted their candidates in the guise of farmer leaders. Leaders have hijacked a better part of the ongoing stir against land acquisition.

Unlike in Bhatta-Parsaul, where opposition parties went full throttle against the government, leaders are working overtime, but from behind the scene. The reason: in the current land row, apart from the two obvious parties (government and farmers), there are too many stakeholders — buyers, builders, contractors —involved. Leaders do not want to "annoy" any one of them or put their respective parties to the risk of "appearing to take sides".

At Sector 74 (Sorkha village) in Noida, farmers have been demonstrating against land acquisition for over a week now. Sunil Choudhary, who has been declared as Samajwadi Party candidate, has been spearheading the protests. On Thursday, he, along with villagers, performed a 'havan' for farmers' victory.

BJP leader Mahesh Awana has been holding panchayats at villages located along the expressway. Congress leader Virendra Dhada is doing the same in Greater Noida villages. They all claimed though they had party interests, they were “farmers first”. The authority has already said that political parties are orchestrating agitations. Veer Singh Yadav, a Samajwadi Party leader, said at the Sector 74 dharna site, “The authority wants to create rifts among farmers to weaken the agitation.”