In one of his most stinging attacks on the Mayawati government, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on the third day of his foot march said “dalals” (touts) are running Uttar Pradesh as people of the state are “divided”. Addressing farmers at Kirpalpur village in Aligarh on Thursday, Rahul Gandhi said: “You are not together. Uttar Pradesh is divided and that is why dalals are running the state.”
He said that farmers’ land is being taken forcibly and they are given meager compensation. He told villagers that the state government is working not for their welfare but for the benefit of builders. “Since you are not together that is why this is happening here. Unless you unite, you will continue to suffer. Unless you don’t understand what is happening, the train will not come on its track,” the young Congress leader told the villagers.
The Congress MP started the third day of his padyatra from Sarole village in Aligarh and met villagers along his route urging them to attend the kisan mahapanchayat rally in Aligarh on July 9. He had started the foot march on Tuesday from Bhatta Parsaul near Greater Noida to Agra along the Yamuna Expressway highway. He said that farmers are willing to give land for development, but wanted compensation at market rates.
Rahul Gandhi said that in Haryana there was no farmers’ unrest on land acquisition as the policy there provided market rates for their land as well as jobs. He told villagers that the Central government will present a new Land Acquisition Bill in the coming session of Parliament which will be in the farmers’ interest. He said that though Mayawati government announced a new compensation policy in UP after farmers’ agitations, yet it will not benefit most of the farmers as it will apply with prospective effect.
Rahul Gandhi said that during his interaction with villagers many expressed the need for development and also giving up their land for acquisition, but they did not want to surrender their land for the builders to make money. He urged farmers to gather for the maha panchayat in Aligarh and show the state government their collective might and opinion on the states land acquisition policy. Economic Times