Lucknow:  After the foot march of Congress youth icon Rahul Gandhi, party’s proposed ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ has baffled the rival political parties. 

While the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is treating it as a political challenge, the other parties are trying to undermine the Congress campaign. 

The inclination of political parties towards the farmers is not without a reason. With the 2012 UP elections round the corner, all political parties are making desperate efforts to win the confidence of farmers.

The Bhatta Parsaul land acquisition incident has already provided a golden opportunity to the opposition parties to target BSP government. The incident has brightened the possibilities of an amendment in the Land Acquisition Law which was formulated during the British era. Interestingly, for the past three years no political party gave heed to the Amendment Bill of the aforesaid act which had been lying in abeyance.

Though thousand acres of agricultural land was forcefully acquired by the state governments in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the Bhatta Parasaul episode stirred up the hornet nest’s on the national level.

With a strong BSP government as competitor, the opposition parties are leaving no stone unturned not only to prove their worth but also to present themselves as the best alternative, either as a single party or as a coalition.

The Congress seems to be hell-bent to acquire farmers’ vote through the ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ to be held on July 9 in Aligarh. Rahul Gandhi has already created waves in the political arena through his foot march. In order to ensure the success of ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’, senior Congress leaders have been assigned the task of gathering as many people as possible at Aligarh.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too is not far behind in making efforts to woo the farmers. To present itself as a true supporter of the farmers, the party has already conducted a four day long ‘Kisan Bachao Yatra’ on June 8 in the affected areas.

Terming Rahul’s foot march as a political gimmick, BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Congress is biggest enemy of farmers as it has raised the prices of diesel and fertilizers on several occasions during the past six years. There is no need of enacting a drama of changing the Land Acquisition Law. If it was so concerned, why did it suppress the Amendment Bill for three years to deprive justice to the farmers?”
He has claimed that the party will launch an effective movement to expose the anti-farmer intentions of the BSP and the Congress.

Meanwhile, launching attack on Congress, Rajendra Chaudhary Spokesperson of Samajwadi Party said, “Though the party is busy in gaining the sympathy of farmers, why did it take so long to wake up on the issue.” He, however, claimed that the party would soon launch a campaign in this regard.

(JPN/Bureau)