UP: Mayawati invites farmers; talks on Bhatta-Parasaul

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Lucknow, Jun 1: Assembly election is ringing its bell in Uttar Pradesh and Mayawati government started its "save damaging image" operation in the state. The Chief Minister of the state for the first time showed inclination towards the suffered farmers in the state.

Mayawati invited the agitated farmers in the state, especially the protesters from Bhatta Parasaul to dissolve the issue between the land owners and the state government.

Earlier, BSP supremo charged Congress party over fueling the agitation in Uttar Pradesh when she said, "The Congress was only responsible for the demonstrations by the peasantry."

"We will raise the issue in Parliament for bringing uniform land acquisition policy," the CM added while stating her strategy to resolve the land acquisition spat.

The Allahabad High Court on May 30 cancelled the 170 hectare land acquisition in Gulistanpur in Greater Noida. Earlier 100 farmers approached the court seeking justice as the government "forcefully" grabbed the farm lands.

The Mayawati government reportedly acquired the land for private real estate developers. The High Court also asked the state government to pay for any monetary loss to any farmer.

However, the Supreme Court on the same day refused to entertain a petition seeking a CBI enquiry into the alleged excesses and violence unleashed by the Uttar Pradesh government on farmers protesting against "forcible" acquisition of land at Bhatta Parasaul.

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