V. P. Singh to oppose land acquisition

Special Correspondent

To undertake a yatra against taking over of land for Noida-Ballia Expressway

LUCKNOW: Former Prime Minister and Jan Morcha leader Vishwanath Pratap Singh on Monday said that the Kisan Manch and Jan Morcha would oppose acquisition of farmers’ land for building the Noida-Ballia Ganga Expressway in Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Singh declared that he would undertake a “yatra” from Noida to Ballia for building up mass contact.

Demanding that a review committee be formed for reviewing the ambitious project of the Uttar Pradesh Government, Mr. Singh said he would write a letter to Chief Minister Mayawati in this regard.

The former Prime Minister told newsmen here that till the review committee submits its report steps should not be taken to acquire the agricultural land. He said the Jan Morcha is opposed to any move which is detrimental to the interest of the farmers.

Mr. Singh supported the Chief Minister’s proposal for trifurcation of the State into Western and Eastern U.P. and Bundelkhand. However, he said that unless some area of the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh was added the separate state of Bundelkhand would not be able to sustain on its own. For this, he proposed an autonomous council for Bundelkhand.

Demanding implementation of the Srikrishna and Sachar Committee reports, Mr. Singh said a sub-quota for backward Muslims on the pattern of the Karpuri Thakur formula in Bihar should be fixed within the 27 per cent reservation for Backward Classes. He said the political parties should spell out their stand on this issue, adding that the Congress, the SP and the BSP were not keen to implement the proposal.

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