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UP Govt grabbing land: VP

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 01:18 IST

FORMER PRIME Minister VP Singh today assailed the Mulayam Singh Yadav government for resorting to acquisition of farmers’ land all over UP to hand them over to industrialists, who were not at all interested in establishing units in the State.

Singh said land was being given to them at throwaway prices for real estate business. He said the government was on a land-grabbing spree on behalf of the industrialists.

Addressing newsmen here on Friday, Singh said the Reliance power project in Dadri had failed to take off. Countering the charges that he had been hampering the developmental activities, the former PM said there had been no progress in Dadri project even after lapse of two years, which was the deadline for actual power production. Singh said if Jan Morcha Alliance came to power, the excess land of Dadri project would be transferred back to the farmers.

Singh said this project would never come up. He said the chief minister should come out clean on the project and tell the people how much power had been committed to the state. He said Reliance documents indicated that major portion of the power would go to Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.

About Yadav’s comment that VP Singh never ploughed the field, the ex-PM said at least he was not “harwaha” (labourer) of the capitalists. Singh also wanted to know the stand of the Congress, the BSP, the BJP and other parties on acquisition of farmers land. He said the model of industrialisation of the UP Development Council was anti-farmers and was aimed at promoting only interest of the industrialists. Singh said the Yadav government was “by the capitalists, for the capitalists and of the capitalists”. “This government has nothing to do with farmers, weaker sections, Dalits and Muslims,” Singh commented.