Mulayam demands Guv intervention in acquistion of farmers' lands

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Lucknow, Aug 27 (UNI) The Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) has demanded intervention of Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeswar in stopping the acquisition of farmers' lands by the state government for the Ganga Expressway in the state as well as around Badalpur village in Greater Noida.

The construction of the 1,000-km long Ganga Expressway from Ballia to Noida was meaningless and totally anti-farmer, SP general secretary and working state president Shivpal Singh Yadav told newspersons here.

This project was detrimental to the interests of the farmers as not only the agriculture was being destroyed, but also the land of farmers was being acquired in a arbitrary manner in exchange for inadequate compensation, he alleged.

Mr Yadav said his party leaders had handed over a memorandum to the state Governor in this regard and demanded his intevention.

The memorandum also condemned the recent firing on the farmers at Ghodi Bachera village in Greater Noida and said that Chief Minister Mayawati wanted to create another Nandigram in the state.

It demanded the farmers of Badalpur, the native village of Ms Mayawati should be duly compensated and freed from the tyranny of the state government.

The memorandum also pointed out the acquisition of 5,000 acres of farmers' land in Varanasi district for the GT road bypass. ''The farmers of this area are not being heard and their lands were being acquired forcibly,'' it said.

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