AICC meet over strategy to deal with farmers` stir
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Last Updated: Monday, August 23, 2010, 22:43
  
New Delhi: Against the backdrop of Rahul Gandhi expressing solidarity with the agitating farmers in Uttar Pradesh on the issue of hike in land acquisition rate, an AICC meeting was held to chalk out a strategy for the future course of action to deal with the issue.

AICC General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Digvijay Singh held parleys with about a dozen farmers of Aligarh and local leaders but refused to give details on the party's course of action.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Singh said he would apprise Congress President Sonia Gandhi about their demands.

In the meeting with Singh, the farmers are understood to asked for a land acquisition policy similar to that of Haryana (which includes incentives like a 30 year payment period to the farmer for his acquired land among others), fixing of same rate of land for township and road and amendment in the land acquisition rate Act.

Singh refused to answer queries on what would be the party's position on the proposed demonstration of the farmers in front of the Parliament House on August 26. Rahul Gandhi made a surprise visit to Jikarpur village, the epicentre of the farmers' stir, on August 21. He gave a patient hearing to farmers who have been seeking the same compensation as provided in Noida for the land acquired for the Yamuna Expressway project.

Addressing the agitating farmers earlier, Digvijay Singh had assured them that both the Congress president and Rahul were strongly in favour of justice to them.

The leaders of the agitation have rejected the Mayawati government's package and decided to 'gherao' Parliament for amending the existing laws for acquisition of farm land.

Political observers in Aligarh were of the opinion that Saturday's unannounced visit by Rahul Gandhi to Jikarpur where the protest is being staged for nearly four weeks now, has given a major fillip to the ongoing stir.

During his hour-long visit Gandhi devoted most of his time talking to family members of those who lost their lives or were seriously injured in the police firing on farmers on August 14.

PTI


First Published: Monday, August 23, 2010, 22:43


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