UP CM Mayawati to hold panchayat with farmers tomorrow

In an apparent bid to woo farmers in the backdrop of their agitations in Bhatta-Parsaul and Katesar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati will hold a `kisan panchayat` tomorrow for a dialogue with them.

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2011, 14:49 PM IST

Lucknow: In an apparent bid to woo farmers
in the backdrop of their agitations in Bhatta-Parsaul and Katesar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati will hold a `kisan panchayat` tomorrow for a dialogue with them.
"The CM will hold a panchayat tomorrow to discuss the
problems of the farmers by meeting them," a senior official
said.

Mayawati is under attack from opposition parties for
allegedly ignoring interest of farmers after the incident of
Bhatta-Parsaul (Greater Noida).
After Rahul Gandhi`s visit to Greater Noida village,
Congress leaders and it`s President Sonia Gandhi had launched
a direct attack on the BSP government terming it of adopting
`anti-farmers` attitude.

Besides, discussion on land acquisition issue, the
issues related to power supply, availability of seeds and
fertilisers and procurement of wheat are likely to be taken
up, he said.

After the panchayat, Mayawati is likely to make some
announcements redressing grievances of the farmers, sources
said.
Farmers in Bhatta Parsaul were agitating for more
compensation of their land from the Uttar Pradesh government.
Four persons, including two policemen, were killed in
the violence while others sustained injuries.

Farmers of Katesar village in Mugalsarai sat on a
dharna on May 24 against land acquisition by Varanasi
Development Authority (VDA). More than 1500 farmers are
allegedly affected by the acquisition.

PTI