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RJD opposes SEZ policy vehemently

At its national executive meet, RJD objects to use of agricultural land for SEZ and calls for wasteland use.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2006 22:59 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The RJD, a key ally in the Central government, on Sunday expressed strong reservations against the SEZ policy as well as concern at the increase in unemployment and inflation.

At its day-long national executive meeting in New Delhi chaired by party supremo and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad, RJD with over two dozen MPs objected to use of agricultural land for SEZ and suggested that wasteland should be used for the purpose rather than cultivable land.

"It is not fair to take away productive land from the hands of farmers and give it to MNCs," senior party leader and Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh told reporters while briefing about the resolutions adopted at the meeting.

He said the economic resolution opposed jobless growth, sought an effective solution to unemployment, expressed concern over rise in prices of essential commodities and demanded timely procurement of foodgrains from farmers at proper remunerative prices.

The party decided to field joint candidates after consulting other UPA partners in the forthcoming Lok Sabha by-polls in Bihar and Jharkhand as also in the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab next year, he said.

To strengthen the organisation, it has been decided to form panels of local MPs and MLAs to tour different parts of each state and analyse the party's strengths and weaknesses.

On Bihar, RJD said the Centre should grant special category status to the state for its all round development.

It alleged rampant corruption and crime in the state headed by Nitish Kumar and accused the State of not utilising properly central allocations meant for rural welfare.

First Published: Oct 08, 2006 20:20 IST