Days after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati announced a new land acquisition policy, opposition Congress party has decided to hold a kisan panchayat, or farmers’ council, in Greater Noida’s Bhatta and Parsaul villages — the epicentre of a recent stir.
Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who visited the two villages last month, will also attend the panchayat, which will be held next fortnight.
The decision was taken at a party state executive meeting chaired by state president Rita Bahuguna Joshi here on Sunday.
At the meeting, the party condemned Gandhi’s arrest last month and hailed him for effectively taking up farmers’ issues.
The party will also organise a public hearing at every tehsil on Thursday to take up the people’s issue. The Congress termed the BSP government’s new land acquisition policy as a gimmick, saying it had been implemented with prospective and not retrospective effect.