Rahul Gandhi resumes 'padyatra'
Rampur Badli (UP), July 6 (ANI): After spending the night in Rampur Badli village, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday resumed his padyatra to meet farmers affected by land acquisition by the Mayawati government.
Gandhi is likely to visit Rampur, Jewar and then Tappal, which is close to the border of Aligarh.
Speaking in a village called Sabota, Gandhi went on to attack Mayawati's new land compensation policy.
"It is the responsibility of the Uttar Pradesh government that whatever happened here, should come into their notice. There are thousands of farmers who couldn't get the right prices for their land. Mayawati has introduced a new policy, but the policy is not being applied here," he said.
"That is why I came here...to slowly and gradually understand what is happening here. I will meet people and understand their problems and convey the same to the Centre in Delhi," he added.
Nearly two months after he was whisked away by Mayawati's police for joining a farmer protest, Rahul Gandhi dared the BSP regime again as he began a four-day march to a Congress-organised kisan maha panchayat in Aligarh for a feel of the heartland's simmering land problem.
The Congress had planned the kisan mahapanchayat at Bhatta- Parsaul, where two villagers had died in police firing, but was forced to shift the venue to Aligarh's exhibition grounds following pressure from the state government.
On Tuesday at 6.15 am, Gandhi, accompanied by just three Special Protection Group personnel, reached Bhatta village, the epicentre of farmers' protest against land acquisition, in his vehicle.
He met villagers briefly at the same dharna spot where he had earlier held a panchayat on May 11.
From there, he proceeded on foot through villages of Parsaul, Acchepur, Mirzapur, Kheda Waipur and also stopped briefly at Rustampur.
Meanwhile, Mayawati Government has denied Gandhi permission to hold a rally in Bhatta Parsaul.
The Congress machinery is establishing contact with farmer groups in and around the region where acquisition of land has been a major source of confrontation between them and the police (ANI)
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