The present political theatrics in Uttar Pradesh gives a feeling that leaders of all political parties are the biggest crusaders of farmers’ interest, but truth lies that all of them are just trying to score brownie points. Politicians who are now in a race to make their presence felt at Bhatta Parsaul village – the epicentre of the farmers’ agitation over land acquisition, were nowhere in sight till the bloody clashes between farmers and police took place. While the state government is trying to wash off its hands from the issue of land acquisition and compensation after the death of three farmers and two policemen, the opposition parties are making all efforts to put Mayawati government on the mat while maintaining their clean image. All parties are accusing each other of being in pact with the other. Such ludicrous allegations prove further that none of the political parties are ready to face the truth that they have always ignored farmers’ interest. Will it be more ironical than the fact that despite a consensus among all the political parties, amendment in the Land Acquisition Act is still pending since 1998? Why did the Centre, which is now eager to enact even an Ordinance to amend the Act, did not feel the necessity to fix the problem earlier? What is the reason that the Central government failed to live up to its promise of amending the Land Acquisition Act last year despite Prime Minister himself making the promise?

Whatever be the answers to these questions, it is wrong to profess that amendment in the land acquisition law will solve all the problems related with this issue. Such problems can never be solved till the interest of farmers is protected honestly. It is difficult to comprehend why politicians are failing to view that while they are doing grave injustice to farmers by acquiring their lands at nominal rates in the name of development they are simultaneously ignoring the threat being posed to the food security of the country as well. It is true that availability of land is a necessity for industrial and infrastructural development, but it does not mean that the government will ignore the interest of farmers and leave them bereft with agricultural land in the process. At present, politicians might be seen competing with each other claiming to be the flagbearers of farmers, but nobody seems interested in answering who will do justice with the them when their land has already been acquired at nominal rates. It is true that villagers of Bhatta Parsaul have received compensation, but what is the harm in engaging them in talks if they are not satisfied with the amount of compensation? It is a bad omen that neither the state government is ready to comment on the issue, nor the other political parties.