Babbar blasts UP Govt on starvation deaths
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Babbar blasts UP Govt on starvation deaths

The Jan Morcha Alliance convenor says situation in the region is deteriorating fast, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2006 19:03 IST

The Jan Morcha Alliance convenor Raj Babbar on Wednesday called upon the "drought-hit and starving" farmers of Bundelkhand to dislodge the SP-led coalition government in the state.

Winding up his second phase of Deoria-Dadri march at Madhogarh in Jalaun district on Wednesday, Babbar said while farmers had been committing suicide and starving to death in Bundelkhand the state government had diverted huge funds to just one village - Safai - in Etawah.

Babbar, who toured entire Bundelkhand during the last few days, told a huge gathering at Orai and Madhogarh that the situation in the region had been fast deteriorating.

Expressing shock over distribution of Rs 5 to Rs 26 as relief to drought-affected people in Bundelkhand, Babbar said it amply demonstrated the insensitivity of the state government towards to the poor.

The Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, CPI general secretary AB Bardhan, Indian Justice Party chief Udit Raj, Orai chief of JMA Yusuf Ishtiyaq and other leaders also addressed the public meeting at the two places.

The JMA general secretary Vinod Singh said third phase of the march would commence from Unnao on November 9 and conclude at Bareli on November 15.

Babbar said there had been no developmental activity in Bundelkhand during the last three years and rampant corruption in the region had made the life of people extremely miserable.

He said while malnutrition among children in the region had assumed serious dimension there had been large number of starvation deaths also. Expressing satisfaction over the people's response to the JMA, Babbar said morcha would ensure departure of the SP from power.

The CPI general secretary AB Bardhan said there was jungle raj in the state. He said JMA had been constituted to give new direction to the state politics and provide relief to the people from insensitive government.

He said JMA was solely dedicated to issue-based politics and no deviation from it would be allowed. Paswan said JMA would bring major change in the state. He said countdown of the present government had already started.

First Published: Oct 18, 2006 19:03 IST