New Delhi: After witnessing the repercussions of uprisings at Singur and Nandigram, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started its preparation to corner the Mayawati government on the issue of land acquisition at Greater Noida. With Uttar Pradesh (UP) assembly polls scheduled in 2012, BJP is all set to use the issue of land acquisition as a political tool against the ruling party in the state.

After the violence at Greater Noida on Saturday, BJP stalwarts including former BJP president Rajnath Singh, state president Surya Pratap Shahi and senior leader Kalraj Mishra termed the UP government as insensitive and warned that if the situation is not changed, chaos will reign the supreme.

Rajnath asserted that land acquisition should be stopped in the state with immediate effect. “Until the Bill is passed in the parliament, there should be a complete ban on land acquisition,” claimed Rajnath.

In the last few years, UP has hogged the limelight for controversies related to land acquisition. Few months back, Congress had made an effort to woo the farmers by expressing concern over Yamuna Expressway and the land acquisition in the state.

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi led from the front and had arranged a meeting between farmers and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The PM had assured the farmers to pass the Land Acquisition Bill in the parliament.

Meanwhile, Kalraj Mishra termed the Saturday’s violence as a dangerous sign for the future. Mishra said, “Agricultural fields are being acquired repeatedly and even though the issue can be solved through negotiations, the state government is sitting idle on the issue.”

Holding the state government responsible for Saturday’s violence, Mishra demanded a high-level probe in the matter.
Lambasting the UP government, state president Surya Pratap Shahi said “The spurt in number of cases of violence is an outcome of the failure of the state government to control the law and order situation.”

JPN/Bureau