New Delhi: The Congress is adamant on holding a Kisan Panchayat in Uttar Pradesh on July 9 which is likely to further sour its relation with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has made it clear that the party will not bow down before the Mayawati government and will go ahead with its Kisan Panchayat over farmer’s issue. Singh has already sought permissions from Bulandshahr and other places to hold the Kisan Panchayat.

After the incident in Greater Noida’s Bhatta Parsaul, the UP government thwarted all attempts of the Congress to hold a Panchayat in Aligarh’s Tappal village earlier. By stating security and law and order as the reason, the district administration has stopped the national party from holding Panchayat in remote areas.

This has compelled the Congress to take the state government head on over  farmer’s issue.
Digvijay Singh said, “The government has allowed Panchayats to be held in urban areas, therefore we are seeking permission to hold the same in Bulandshahr.” The line of action in the aforesaid issue would be decided on Friday night after holding a discussion with Rahul Gandhi and other leaders, he added.

Singh said, “We are going to talk about land acquisition policy along with other issues and in a democracy this cannot be stopped.”

When asked about Rahul’s repeated visits to the state, Singh sarcastically said, “I fail to understand why Mayawati is so afraid of Rahul.”    

JPN/Bureau