Bhatta-Parsaul: Rahul Gandhi might have
created a hue and cry over land acquisition and targeted
Mayawati for alleged police atrocities in these villages of
Greater Noida but the voters here appeared to have preferred
BSP candidate Vedram Bhati trumped Congress` Dhirendra
Singh by a margin of 9,500 votes in Jewar constituency in
which the twin villages of Bhatta-Parsaul fall. Bhati polled
a whopping 67,524 votes while Singh could gather only 58,024.
Samajwadi Party`s Bijendra Singh Bhati came third with
35,166 while BJP`s Sunder Singh Rana was way behind with 6,334
votes. There were a total of 19 candidates in fray.
These villages had hogged attention last May following a
violent agitation seeking enhanced compensation for land
acquired by the government, leading to police action.
Gandhi, who had visited the villages soon after the
incident, had alleged that women were raped by policemen
during the agitation and many were lathicharged.
Mayawati government was continuously attacked by Gandhi
during his numerous political rallies.
He had even targetted Samajwadi Party claiming that no
one other than Congress workers had visited the villages after