Opposition parties on Thursday dubbed as a "big fraud" the proposed land acquisition policy announced by Chief Minister Mayawati and saw in it an attempt to misguide farmers agitating for a better deal for their land.
"The new policy is nothing but an exhibition of state government's fraudulent politics as there is no provision for providing relief to farmers of Bhatta Parsaul, Tappal and other villages where they had launched agitation against forced acquisition and faced bullets," SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said.
UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi said the new policy was announced in a huff without any debate, thereby "befooling innocent farmers". She questioned the logic of bringing the new policy just a few weeks before the Union government is scheduled to bring a bill in Parliament in this regard.
Describing the Mayawati government as anti-farmer, BJP spokesman Vijay Pathak said since the state government did not implement earlier policies on public welfare, there was no guarantee that it would do so this time.
CPI-ML too termed the new policy as incomplete and said it would not help the farmers.
Facing flak over acquiring land for private companies, Mayawati earlier in the day announced a new land acquisition policy under which the role of the state government in acquiring land for private developers would only be that of a facilitator.
The chief minister, who held a farmers' panchayat here to discuss their problems, announced that the new policy will be implemented with immediate effect.