Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday alleged that the NDA government’s Land Acquisition Bill was not in the interest of farmers and her party will oppose it in Rajya Sabha, as the chorus of demand for withdrawing the new Bill grew louder.

On March 10, the government had managed to win Lok Sabha approval for the amended land acquisition Bill. But it is pending in the upper house.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister accused the Narenda Modi government of practising “crony capitalism” rather than working in the interest of the poor.

Days before Parliament meets after recess, Mayawati made it clear that her party with 10 members in Rajya Sabha will oppose the Land Bill.

“The bill is not in the interest of the farmers. The Centre should withdraw it and implement the Act passed in 2013,” she told a press conference here.

Mayawati also accused the Centre of practising crony capitalism rather than working in the interest of the poor.

“The Union Budget is pro-capitalist,” she claimed.

“The Narendra Modi government during its 10-month regime did not take any serious initiative to fulfil poll promises but is instead practising crony capitalism.

“They are four times ahead in helping capitalists as compared to Congress,” she alleged.

The former chief minister said her party MPs not joining the march by opposition leaders to the President on the issue of the Land Bill should not be construed as she was in favour of the proposed legislation.

Mayawati also slammed the Centre for “not taking any initiative” on issues like division of Uttar Pradesh and constitution of separate High Court bench in West UP.

The BSP chief also alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre has failed to rein in Hindu outfits, whose “growing activities” have made Muslims and Christians feel insecure.

Welcoming Bharat Ratna to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malviya, Mayawati said the same should be bestowed on BSP founder Kanshiram for his contributions to social change.

The performance claims of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh

Yadav also came under attack by the BSP chief as she challenged him to go in for mid-term polls if he was confident of his achievements during three years in office.

Taking on the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, she said the state has become “crime pradesh” and farmers were getting a raw deal.

“The SP government in the state had completed three years last month. The head of government is claiming that his government has fulfilled all promises it has made in party manifesto. If it is so, they should dissolve Assembly and go for polls,” she said.

The BSP supremo alleged that the Akhilesh government has failed in controlling crime. “SP goons, mafia and anti-social elements are ruling the roost and the head of the government is helpless in controlling them,” she alleged.

On the development agenda of the Akhilesh government, she claimed that the schemes inaugurated by him were conceptualised in previous BSP regime.

“There is no development on the ground but it is hyped in media only. Most of the work inaugurated in this regime were kick-started and conceptualised in BSP regime including that of metro in Lucknow and mono rail project,” Mayawati claimed.

“Economic help to farmers who incurred losses is a distant dream. Dalits especially government employees are a harassed lot. Most backward, minorities and poor are also upset with this government,” she said, terming the Akhilesh government as a big failure. 

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