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Sonia's Rae Bareli seethes over land cancellation

October 13, 2008 22:26 IST
Last Updated: October 13, 2008 22:31 IST

The withdrawal of land for the proposed rail coach factory in All India Congress Committee chairperson Sonia Gandhi's [Images] parliamentary constituency on Monday elicited strong resentment among people against the Uttar Pradesh [Images] government.

Chanting anti-state government slogans, an irked mob burnt the effigy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati [Images] in various parts of the district, especially at Lalganj, where the proposed factory was supposed to be set up.

The agitators also staged demonstations in Gurubakshganj, Maharajganj, Bachravan, Sareni and Tiloi areas and vandalised vehicles, including Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation buses.

The mob included some of those farmers, whose land were acquired for the rail coach factory at the place.

The farmers were of the view that the new factory would have created job opportunities, besides being good for development.

Reports from Deoaria said the withdrawal of land evoked protest in the district too, where a memorandum addressed to the governor was also handed over to the district magistrate.

The Rs 2,200 crore proposed rail coach factory in the Congress' chief's constituency was in doldrums since Sunday, when the state government cancelled the acquisition of the land as sought by the Railway ministry.

The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad high court ordered status-quo on the land, interpreting that now neither the possession of the land would be taken back from the Railway department, nor would the land be allotted to anyone by the state government.

Gandhi and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad were scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the ambitious project on Tuesday.


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