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Cong to step up attack on SP

The party has already announced a protest on November 21 over the delay in implementation of the Food Security Act in UP.

The Congress will intensify its attack on the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in the weeks to come. The main issues in Congress’ offensive will be the deteriorating law and order in the state,pending arrears of cane farmers and implementation of the Food Security Act.

The party has already announced a protest on November 21 over the delay in implementation of the Food Security Act in UP.

On the issue of arrears to cane farmers,Congress state chief Nirmal Khatri said the party will “protest in all those district and mandals – where cane growers are present in substantial numbers – between November 21-30.”

In a press conference Saturday,Khatri said the “state government has been displaying a very lackadaisical approach towards the whole issue (of arrears to cane farmers). They claim they have paid the dues but private mill owners are still withholding crores of rupees of cane farmers; and the state government is still not acting against them. Since the support price has also not been decided,the crushing season has also been delayed.”

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Khatri also announced that the party will organise jan sabhas in each Lok Sabha constituency by December 30 “to highlight the government’s failures,” adding the party leaders and ministers are to be present in these sabhas. “Protests at the district level to pressurise the government to implement the Food Security Act as soon as possible are already going on,” Khatri said,claiming that the protests have been organised by as many as 70 per cent of the districts. As far as the local level party organisation is concerned,Khatri claimed it emerged in the meeting that 90 per cent of block and ward units have been established so far.

Reacting to Modi’s barbs at the Bahraich rally Friday,Khatri said “they are scared of CBI because of their (past) actions. It seems the (alleged fake) encounter cases are not letting Narendra Modi and Amit Shah sleep,especially due to the manner in which the justice system is taking them up. They realise that sooner or later,the justice system will catch up with them so they keep mentioning CBI (along with Congress) time and again,” he said.

First published on: 10-11-2013 at 05:02 IST
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