Cong bears down on Maya over police-farmers' clash

Maya should remember Singur and Nadigram, says party

sweta-ranjan

Sweta Ranjan | May 9, 2011



With Saturday's skirmish between protesting farmers and policemen in Greater Noida leaving four dead, the Congress had only the sharpest criticism reserved for Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and her government.

On Monday, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari condemned the UP government's land acqusition policy whihc is said to be at the heart of the violence over the weekend.

Tiwari said that issue is serious and it will have far-reaching consequences. Demanding for a probe into the violence and adequate compensation for farmers' land, Tiwari said, "Lathis and bullets can't bring development. The Uttar Pradesh government must initiate a dialogue and arrive at an amicable solution.” Tiwari also said urged upon the government to discuss the issue with farmers.

Terming the Mayawati government "extremely insensitive" to the cause of farmers and the poor, Tiwari said that the land acquisition act must be amended. He even reminded Mayawati of Singur and Nandigram. He said, “Mayawati should learn from Singur and Nandigram incidents. Because of the local people angst West Bengal government had to postpone its decision on land acquisition”.

On the allegations of government officials being held hostage by militant farmers, he said "We do  not support any hostage taking by the farmers. We ask them to come forward for talks just like we have exhorted the state government." However, the Congress spokesperson steered clear of commenting on the violent clashes.

Demanding higher compensation for their lands acquired by the state government, the farmers have been agitating since January 2011.
 

Comments

 

Other News

What exactly is the true purpose of business?

Invaluable By Somik Raha IndiePress, 316 pages, Rs 701 From coding at age 12 to a deep dive into philoso

Yoga Day has changed perceptions about it in ten years: PM

The expanding awareness of Yoga over the past ten years has changed perceptions associated with it, prime minister Narendra Modi said in Srinagar on Friday on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga.   “Yoga is now emerging beyond limited boundaries. The world is witnessing t

Listening to tomorrow: The imperative for youth-driven data in India

Over a decade and a half ago when I was still a student, millennials felt the burning need to break down the barriers of gatekeeping in traditional media. Young voices, brimming with ideas and opinions, were often sidelined, their perspectives deemed too marginal or unrefined for mainstream discourse. This

Israel-Palestine War: Lessons from Past Peace Efforts

Israel-Palestine War: Give Peace a Chance By Dr. Joseph K. Thomas IndiePress, 243 pages, Rs 399 T

How inner work helps subvert painful narratives

Unashamed By Neha Bhat HarperCollins, 240 pages, Rs 499   * How do I connect better with my partner? *&nbs

Heatwave spikes power demand: measures taken to ensure supply

The Northern Region has been experiencing high power demand conditions due to a prevailing heat wave since May 17. Despite these challenging conditions, the highest ever peak demand of 89 GW in the Northern Region was successfully met on June 17. This achievement was made possible by import

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter