BSP hits back at critics

Lucknow: The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party on Friday dubbed as politically motivated the statements given by opposition parties on the new land acquisition policy announced by Chief Minister Mayawati.

"Statements given by opposition parties, including Congress, SP and BJP are politically motivated. They are staging a gimmick of being the well wishers of farmers," a BSP spokesman said here.

He said opposition parties, including Congress, are making a desperate attempt to regain their lost ground in the name of farmers.

He asked the Congress to tell what it had done during its regime for the farmers.

"The Congress is now talking about changing the Land Acquisition Act, but who had stopped it from doing so when it was in power earlier," he questioned.

He alleged that the during UPA-I and UPA-II Congress repeatedly spoke about amending the act, but it has not done it so far.

The spokesman alleged that during SP regime in the state, land of farmers was acquired at throw away prices with the intention of benefiting industrialists.

"The policy announced by the BSP government is the one which will benefit the farmers most," he said.

He said the BSP would create pressure for framing a national policy on land acquisition during the Monsoon session of Parliament and if required it would gherao Parliament.

Opposition parties had yesterday termed the proposed land acquisition policy as a "big fraud" on farmers hours after it was announced by the chief minister at a farmers` panchayat.