Ajit Singh meets PM, demands probe into Maya's land acquisition

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh today met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the unrest over acquisition of land in Greater Noida, an issue on which the Opposition Samajwadi party, the BJP, the Congress and RLD have found a common cause against the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

The RLD leader's meeting with the Prime Minister comes amid indications that the party may go in for a seat-sharing agreement with the Congress for the 2012 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr Singh along with the SP, BJP and Congress leaders has targeted Ms Mayawati for the use of force to crush the agitation over land acquisition for the Yamuna Expressway.

Clashes between the agitators and the police have left four dead so far. The expressway is being built between Noida, near here, and Agra.

During his meeting with the Prime Minister, the RLD chief urged him to see that the Land Acquisition Bill was passed at the earliest.

He also demanded that an inquiry should be held in the firing on workers and also into the way the land was being acquired. Besides, the RLD pressed that the farmers should have the right to sell their land directly, and the Government should not play the role of a middleman in this matter.

Mr Singh had last week hinted at an alliance or seat adjustment with the Congress in the coming Assembly elections.

He had told reporters in Lucknow that his party had held talks with Congress leaders and will continue attempts for a pact to ensure departure of the Mayawati government. He had, however, ruled out possibilities of any pact with the Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.


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