Mahapanchayat may be a shot in the arm for Cong

Aligarh: The Kisan Mahan-Panchayat may not have provided any immediate dividends and succour to the troubled farmers of this region, but Congress activists from different parts of Uttar Pradesh are hopeful the exercise will boost the prospects of the party in the region.

The organisers of the event did not appear to expect the good turnout with bad weather adding to their woes.

Earlier in the morning, it was nearly touch and go for the organisers with heavy rains playing spoil-sport till near mid-day today. Huge pools of rain-water covered the grounds and could have led to a complete fiasco had the rains not stopped.

There are varying accounts regarding the public attendance at the event but political analysts are widely of the view that the show was by far the "biggest public gathering of its kind for the Congress Party in this district in recent years.

Bhuri Singh, a farmer from Bhatta Parsaul, said: "Three members of my family have lost their lives during the recent farmer's agitation. I know the mahapanchayat will not bring any immediate relief. But I have come here with the sole mission of doing my best to unseat the Mayawati Govt."

Another farmer from Bhatta Parsaul, Mahaveer Singh, who is also a member of the Kisan Sangharsh Samitee, said "the Mayawati government claims to speak for dalits but among those worst hit by her policies are the dalits of Uttar Pradesh."