AICC functionary opposes forcible land acquisition

Published on NewIndPress.com, Monday May 14 2007, by Orissa.

BHUBANESWAR: General Secretary of AICC V Narayanswami on Sunday opposed to the idea of forcibly acquiring land from the farmers for Posco steel plant at Paradip.

He told reporters here after the extended executive meeting of the party that the BJD-BJP Government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had extended all facilities to the Posco on the plea of it being the biggest single foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country, but at the cost of the livelihood of the farmers.

He alleged that the district administration has conspired against the farmers to forcibly occupy the land from them in the thickly populated three panchayats in Jagatsinghpur district.

He also warned that the Congress would resort to agitation against the Government for showing undue favour to the industrial houses sacrificing the interest of the State … (full text).

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