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BSP assails Rahul’s ‘padyatra’

lucknow Updated: Jul 06, 2011 12:57 IST
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The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Tuesday assailed AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi for his four-day “padayatra” from Bhatta-Parsaul (Greater Noida) to Aligarh.

The BSP spokesman said in a statement that instead of wasting time in the name of understanding farmers’ land acquisition issue he should visit Congress-ruled states where farmers had been facing massive problems.

Meanwhile reacting to the visit the state home secretary Deepak Kumar said there was no ban order under section 144 CrPC in Bhatta Parsaul and adjoining areas, where Rahul Gandhi was on Padyatra on Tuesday. He said local administration had taken decision on the basis of ground situation.

The BSP spokesman said if “Yuvraj” (Rahul Gandhi) was so concerned about the farmers’ problems then he should pressure the UPA government for the acceptance of UP’s land acquisition policy. The spokesman said in view UP’s good performance on farmers’ issue the central government had decided felicitate the state government on July 16, 2011.

The BSP said that when the Congress could not understand their problems over the last four decades how it could able to grasp it in the run up to the assembly election in 2012. The BSP said the Congress love for farmers was politically motivated.

Holding the Congress responsible for the plight of UP farmers, the BSP said at least it should now formulate a national policy for land acquisition in the country.

The BSP has also threatened the UPA government to stall proceedings in Lok Sabha if the centre failed to table a national policy on the issue. The spokesman said that if there was any move for the national land acquisition policy in monsoon session of Parliament, the BSP would support it. The spokesman said the central government could copy UP’s policy on the issue.

Stressing that the chief minister Mayawati was concerned about the problems of farmers, the spokesman said all the district magistrates had been directed to meet farmers on 22nd of every month for speedy disposal of their problems. He said the state government had given large numbers of facilities including 14 hours power supply to rural areas.