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We will contest U.P. polls in a big way: JD(U) chief

Special Correspondent

“BSP regime synonymous with autocracy”


“Fertile farmland acquired for building Expressway projects”

Sharad Yadav dismissive of Bundelkhand package


LUCKNOW: The Janata Dal (United) would contest the 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in a big way, its president Sharad Yadav said here on Wednesday.

Describing the situation in the State as serious, he said an undeclared emergency prevailed. The Bahujan Samaj Party regime was synonymous with autocracy, he told reporters at the Press Club.

People were feeling unsafe, fertile farmland acquired for building the Ganga and the Yamuna Expressway projects and democracy was subverted in the State. About 27 lakh hectares of fertile land were acquired for building special economic zones and the Ganga and the Yamuna Expressways. Of this, 17 lakh hectares were in “doab” (land between the Ganga and the Yamuna), he said.

Mr. Yadav, who was here for a two-day State executive meeting of the JD(U), said the State unit of the party would identify the seats and candidates.

Seat sharing talks

On his party reportedly demanding more seats from the BJP, he said talks on seat sharing were yet to be held. Criticising the UPA government, Mr. Yadav said if only Central agencies such as the CBI, Income-Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate functioned properly there would have been no corruption. Laws existed to tackle situations, but political will and determination were needed to get positive results. Price rise and corruption were the two major issues before the country. It was significant that the entire Opposition had united on the issue, he noted.

Mr. Yadav dismissed the Bundelkhand package announced by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the package would be used as a tool by some for indulging in loot. The chief area of concern in Bundelkhand was water management as it had become disrupted owing to the topography of the region.

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