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Shocking, says CPI

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India on Thursday described the decision of the Group of Ministers on Special Economic Zones "shocking and extreme."

Open declaration

The party said it was an open declaration of acquiring huge tracts of agricultural land despite all earlier pretensions that they would exercise caution and give a fresh look on the issue.

"They have carried on as before and yielded supinely to the demands of grabbing entrepreneurs. To put a cap on 5,000 hectares amounts to declaring that the sky is the limit for the land to be grabbed whether with or without the Government's help," the party central secretariat said in a release.