Sonia to address Congress convention in UP

The UPA chairperson will take on the Mayawati govt over Noida farmers` land row.

Last Updated: May 19, 2011, 09:17 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Varanasi: In the backdrop of an intensified Congress-BSP war over the Noida famers’ land acquisition issue, the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will on Thursday take on the Mayawati government as she address the concluding session of the two-day conference of its state unit here.

According to report, the Congress chief and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi will also address a public rally at Nadeshar area.

After that UPA chairperson will proceed to Ajgara constituency where she will address a rally at Krishak Inter College ground.

The Congress chief will review the party`s preparations for the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state and set the party`s agenda for the 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections during this convention.

Sonia Gandhi’s visit to Uttar Pradesh comes in the aftermath of a controversy over alleged atrocities committed by police on the farmers belonging to Bhatta Parsaul village in Noida, who are demanding adequate compensation for their land acquired by the UP government.
Earlier on Wednesday, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi took the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati head-on and demanded a judicial probe into the brutal and barbaric treatment given by the farmers of Bhatta Parsaul village by UP police.

Speaking at the state convention of Congress in Varanasi, the youth leader said, “Our fight is not for winning elections but to ensure better future for youths and development.”
Cornering Mayawati over the issue, Rahul said, “The Uttar Pradesh government says all is well in Bhatta Parsaul. Then why Section 144 (prohibitory orders) has been imposed there. If everything is alright, why people are fleeing?”

He also questioned Mayawati’s intentions saying, “If everything is alright, why a judicial probe is not being ordered? Free and fair inquiry is the need of the hour to fix responsibility.”

With Agency Inputs