Ghaziabad: In an effort to keep the land
acquisition issue alive, the Congress today announced that it
will celebrate Rahul Gandhi`s birthday as farmers rights day
across the country.
While criticising the Mayawati government for the
alleged police atrocities against protesting farmers in
Bhatta-Parsaul villages in Gautam Budhha Nagar on May 7, UP
Congress president Rita Bahaguna Joshi said the party general
secretary`s birthday on June 19 will be celebrated as "Kisan
The party will try to create awareness among people
about farmers` rights and advocate that adequate changes in
the land acquisition law be made soon, she added.
At a workers` meeting at Greater Noida, UP, a
25-member committee of local leaders was formed under the
leadership of Joshi Bahuguna to prepare for the Maha Panchayat
at Bhatta in the last week of June.
Rahul Gandhi will chair the meet and hear farmers`
As many as 2 lakh farmers are expected to attend it.
Once the date was finalised tomorrow party will apply
for permission from district administration.