Lucknow: As the Uttar Pradesh assembly poll nears, the farmers in the state have made a plan to corner the Congress for its failure to address their concerns on the proposed land acquisition bill, among other issues. The farmers have decided to chart their future course of action during a 3-day meet on January 16 in Allahabad.

The farmers are also angry at the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Ajit Singh for being silent on farmers’ issues. The UPA government had introduced the Bill in the Parliament in September last year. The proposed bill seeks to replace 117-year-old land acquisition laws and overhaul the rehabilitation and resettlement policy.

Ajit Singh has recently formed an alliance with the Congress for contesting UP polls. Subsequently, the Congress rewarded him with a Cabinet berth as Civil Aviation Minister.

National spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union, Rakesh Tikait, pulled up the Congress and accused it of playing with farmers’ sentiments by taking political mileage from the Bhatta-Parasaul issue.

“The government has failed to rid us of a colonial land acquisition law which is looting the farmers of the country. People are being fleeced by the state government by purchasing the land on throwaway prices. In Rajasthan the land is being purchased at a cheap rate of Rs 6.80 per meter,” said Rakesh Tikait.

Tikait also announced that his organisation’s political wing Bahujan Kisan Dal will not contest poll this time in UP. The farmers will take part in another panchayat under Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (TKMS) in Pilibhit on January 5.

JPN/Bureau