Political Parties React to Gandhi Detention

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Hours after Rahul Gandhi’s extraordinary midnight detention in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhatta-Parsaul subsequent his display of solidarity with farmers agitating to get a superior deal for their land acquired for an expressway, virtually all major political parties got on to the bandwagon of causing discontent.

Allegations associated with police violence and giant kickbacks in land deals increased fuel to the fire. Several BJP leaders were considered into detention in UP, including former party president and UP CM Rajnath Singh, who had gone on a demonstration fast.

Amid the rising political heat, the Center sought cool temperatures by assuring immediate actions on the much delayed land purchase bill.

Isolated in Lucknow by an aggressive opposition, chief minister Mayawati attempted to push the responsibleness on to the Centre, saying it had failed to update the 1894 rules on land acquisition, which is expected to define norms on the way governments can find land for improvement purposes.

The charge was quickly rebutted by the newly set-up party of ministers (GoM) on the press in Delhi. “Consensus building on the bill took some time. Now we are at a point when there is a fair degree of certainty that there is consensus on the law and it can be introduced with some amendments during the next Parliament session,” home minister P Chidambaram said.

Pressed further, Chidambaram does not even rule out the possibility of the Centre bringing an ordinance to make the regulations for land acquisition apparent.

“I don’t rule out any option at this stage,” he reported in answer to a problem that the monsoon session was two months away.

However, the political potshots at Mayawati continued. Chidamabaram explained the regulation and order scenario in UP seemed to be not a “happy” one, however he ruled out sending a staff.

Salman Khursheed, fellow member of the media GoM and a senior UP Congress head, explained Mayawati was “jittery and losing sleep over the tremendous support and respect Rahul Gandhi was getting both inside and outside the party”. Mayawati had said Gandhi had come to UP because no one took him seriously in Delhi.

Across the state, senior political leaders protesting in support of the growers were taken into detention. Senior BJP frontrunners Arun Jaitley and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Lok Janashakti chief Ram Vilas Paswan, state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, alongside with their supporters, were detained.

Same protests by Congress workers were held in Rae Bareli, Ghaziabad, Jhansi, Meerut, Allahabad and Sitapur districts.

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