Aligarh/Agra: Agitating farmers on Friday
rejected Uttar Pradesh government`s higher compensation
package for their land acquired for Yamuna Expressway project
and also threatened to stall construction work of the road.
Chief Minister Mayawati made a fresh overture by
directing officials to provide adequate prices to the farmers
of their produce.
"The income of farmers should be increased by giving
special impetus to milk production, animal husbandary,
pisciculture, sericulture and horticulture sector," she said.
Protesting against the acquisition of their land for
the Expressway and the J P township near Edmadpur town,
farmers of Edmadpur tehsil in Agra continued to sit on dharna
in front of Chhalesar police outpost for the third consecutive
The agitating farmers turned down the new compensation
offer of Rs 580 per sq m by the state government.
A spokesman of the action committee of the farmers
said the peasants will not settle for anything less than the
rate of Rs 850 per sq yard given to their Noida counterparts.
Besides, they would not give land for J P township
near Edmadpur at any cost.
On the other hand, BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait
threatened to stall construction of Noida-Agra Expressway if
the demands for compensation for their land acquired for the
project were not met.
"Farmers will not allow any further progress of
construction work on the Noida-Agra Expressway unless all the
just demands of the farmers are accepted," Tikait told a
gathering at Jikarpur in Aligarh where peasants continued
Opposing the state government`s present policy of
negotiating land deals through third parties, he said those
who want to buy farmers` land should talk directly with them.
Addressing the agitating farmers a couple of hours
earlier, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh assured them
that both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi
were strongly in favour of meting out justice to farmers.
"We do not wish to extract any political mileage from
the sufferings of the farmers and therefore the state
government should immediately respond to their pleas," the
Congress leader, who is also in charge of the party`s affairs
in the state, said.
In Mathura, farmer leader Ram Babu Katelia said that
the ultimate aim is to get proper compensation.
A large number of panchayats to garner support of
farmers gathered at Barauli, Gukharauli, Magana, Sarai,
Salvan, Nera, Akos, Kanjauli and Kachanau villages in the