Indo-US deal blessing in disguise for farmers : Sonia

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Dadri, UP, Sep 30 (UNI) Congress President and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today said the Indo-US nuclear agreement would help to generate additional power which will boost the agriculture and industrial sector and help mitigate the farmers' woes.

''Lack of water and electricity affects both agriculture and industry. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh negotiated the nuke deal which will lead to increased power production which in turn would help both the sectors,'' she said while addressing a farmers' rally here where she launched a frontal attack on the Mayawati government.

Deploring the recent terror attacks in the country she said, ''India will not bow down before the terrorists and our government is fully aware of the menace of terror. Our government is fully committed to curbing terror but at the same time we refrain from cheap politics.'' Lambasting the Mayawati-led government in the state for pitiable condition of the farmers and the recent loss of lives of peasants in Ghori Bachhera, she said, ''The Congress is not opposed to acquisition of land but it should come with proper compensation.'' Ms Gandhi said during Congress rule in UP several sugar factories were set up but during the present regime many plants were being closed owing to its inefficiency.

The UPA chairperson also touched upon the formation of 'Rashtriya Kosh' of Rs 25,000 cr to give a fillip to the agricultural sector in the country. Schemes like 'Grameen Rozgar Guarantee Yojna' and 'Swastha Bima Yojna' were launched for the uplift of the poor, she added.

Ms Gandhi, in her brief speech, elaborated upon issues like terrorism, nuclear accord and conditions of farmers in UP.

She came down heavily on the Mayawati government for its anti-people policies and dismal performance.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal, Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, MPs Sachin Pilot, Jitin Prasada were among the prominent leaders who attended the rally and targetted the Mayawati government.

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