Uttar Pradesh: Congress to hold public hearings on land acquisition

Lucknow: Adopting an aggressive stance on the land acquisition, the Uttar Pradesh Congress on Tuesday said it would organise public hearings across the state next month on the issue.

The public hearings will be held on June nine at all tehsil headquarters in the state, Congress spokesman Subodh Srivastava said.

During the exercise, the party would collect farmers' complaints regarding land compensation and hand them over to respective District Magistrates for redressal, he said.

Copies of these complaints would also be sent to the the UPCC for follow up action, Srivastava said.

"Complaints of common people about illegal land encroachment by BSP leaders will also be received during these hearings," he said.

UPCC president Rita Bahuguna Joshi would herself attend one such hearing in Bakshi Ka Talab area, the spokesman said.

The party planned to intensify its struggle on land compensation for farmers in Bhatta Parsaul, he said.

The Congress was also firm on its demand for a judicial probe into the Bhatta Parsaul episode, Srivastava said.