THE RASHTRIYA Lok Dal (RLD) on Monday launched a frontal attack on the State Government for acquiring farmers land for big builders. The party unhappy with the government has warned the government of serious consequences if the policy was not changed.
Even though the RLD has been sharing power with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the State, it has also been desperately trying to grab role of opposition to ward off anti-incumbency factor during the ensuing Vidhan Sabha elections.
The party, in its state-wide agitation at the district headquarters on Monday, assailed the government for its failure to provide rural areas with adequate power and for non-payment of incentives to sugar cane farmers. The party said that resentment was brewing among farmers at the acquisition of their land for builders.
In a memorandum to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, the RLD said that land allotment to builders at throwaway prices was not justified and the government should change its present policy of acquisition.
Reports said that RLD ministers extended full support to the district units to mobilise people against the government but they did not participate in the day-long dharna.
However, Export Corporation chairman Ram Asre Verma, who is also State party president and chairperson of Women Welfare Corporation Dr Gyanwati Singh led workers in Lucknow during the stir.
On the power front, the party said that the government should take effective measures to ensure 16-hour supply to villages, as there was acute crisis in rural areas. The RLD has also castigated the government for inordinate delay in payment of incentives to sugarcane farmers. Addressing the gathering, Verma said that the government had done injustice to the farmers on land acquisition issue. General secretary Anil Dubey said that market rate should be given to farmers in this connection.