May 19, 2011

Ajit Singh backs Congress'' demand for Bhatta Parsaul probe

Lucknow, May 18 (PTI) Rashtriya Lok Dal President Ajit Singh today supported the Congress' demand for a judicial probe into the Bhatta Parsaul incident and termed it a valid demand."If a responsible MP or a peoples' representative claims that he has evidences of atrocities, the government should order a judicial inquiry," Ajit Singh said when asked about the demand of a judicial or CBI inquiry by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi over the recent incidents in Bhatta Parsaul.Talking to news persons here, Singh said the Land Acquisition Act 1894 has become redundant and needed to be scrapped immediately. A new law should be brought in its place which is more practical and progressive within a time-frame, he said adding that it should also redefine the definition of public welfare for which land could be acquired. The Act is being misused all over the country but Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is doing so in a very blatant manner. "The state government was planning to acquire two lakh hectares land of 1190 revenue villages for the Yamuna Expressway Authority," he claimed. The RLD chief said there was a move to bring a new bill in the winter session of Parliament but because of the deadlock on 2G Spectrum it could not be done and he had raised the issue again in the business advisory meeting of the budget session but both the BJP and the Congress showed no interest. Terming the BSP government an autocratic one, Singh said people who want to get rid of this government wanted the Opposition parties to unite and his party is trying that a progressive alternative comes into existence in the state. Keeping alive the hopes of an electoral understanding with the Congress in near future, Singh said that barring the BJP and the BSP, the doors of all parties were open. "There can be an understanding with the Congress and the Samajwadi Party but it seems that Mulayam Sing Yadav has taken a separate path," he added.

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