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Starvation deaths: VP to nail govt

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 01:37 IST
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AFTER LAUNCHING the movement against the Dadri Power project, the Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA) of former Prime Minister VP Singh has targeted the State Government on starvation deaths in Bundelkhand and land acquisition in 200 villages for Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) in Lucknow and Unnao districts.

VP Singh, who visited Bundelkhand last week to apprise himself of the prevailing situation following starvation deaths, will visit Hardoi along with JMA convenor Raj Babbar on Tuesday where a farmer hanged himself to death because of failure to repay loan. Singh has already directed the JMA leaders to collect detail information about deaths in Bundelkhand. Similarly, another group had been deployed to create awareness among farmers whose land was being acquired for LIDA.

Raj Babbar told HT on Monday that the State Government was more interested in providing land to capitalists than to solve the problems of farmers. He said had the government taken proper rate of land from capitalists, farmers would have been adequately compensated.

He said land acquisition for LIDA was a “big-scam in the making”. Singh had recently visited Unnao to mobilize people on the issue. Singh has planned an agitation against land acquisition for LIDA, which would be bigger than Dadri.

Moves were also afoot to take up problems of weavers who had been facing several problems.

On Bundelkhand he said the situation was serious. The JMA would soon release a document on Bundelkhand and LIDA, he added.

The JMA leaders have been holding meetings in villages falling under LIDA so that people could be geared up for a strong movement in the region. JMA leader Vinod Singh said these issues would also be taken up during the Deoria-Dadri march commencing on September 17.

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