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VP Singh criticises UP Govt over Dadri deal

india Updated: Jul 09, 2006 22:18 IST

Intensifying his agitation, former Prime Minister VP Singh on Sunday charged the Uttar Pradesh government with favouritism while handing over the Dadri electricity project to Reliance Energy Limited.

"Why not competitive bids were invited, which is the normal practice? How was Reliance allowed straight away without any competition?" he asked at a press conference in New Delhi.

Singh, along with Jan Morcha leader Raj Babbar was detained by the police on Saturday when he was proceeding to join the farmers who were protesting against the project at the Bajhera Khurd village in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district where REL has acquired farmers' land for the over Rs 10,000 crore power project.

Meanwhile, the farmers at the Bajhera Khurd village did a symbolic ploughing on the land acquired by Reliance Energy, their leader Vinod Singh said.

Singh asked why did the UP government give a subsidy of 60 per cent for Reliance in the land procurement.

"Reliance is one of the richest companies, why does it need subsidy?" he asked.

He announced that farmers will hold a protest march to Dadri on August 15 and the march will be called "Dadri March".

Singh reiterated his concerns about the absence of a rate agreement between the Uttar Pradesh government and Reliance. He said, "Electricity was promised to the people in two years after the registration of the land in the name of Reliance, why has no penalty been imposed on them as the two years and Reliance is yet to supply electricity."