Lucknow: After almost a three month long row between the UP Government and the Union Ministry of Railways over the land for the Rae Bareli Rail coach factory, the ministry has finally signed the lease deed document prepared by the state Government for the land.


Lucknow: Agitated over the state government

BS Reporter / Lucknow October 13, 2008, 0:05 IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati cancelled the land allotted for the Rs 2,200-crore rail coach factory, in Rai Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Lucknow/New Delhi: The Sonia Gandhi-Mayawati battle for the political turf of Uttar Pradesh flared up months before the general election on Sunday when the BSP government in Lucknow cancelled its order for allotment of 189.25 hectares of gram sabha land for the setting up of a rail coach factory at Lalganj in Sonia Gandhi

Saubhadra Chatterji / Semrota (uttar Pradesh) August 22, 2008, 1:01 IST

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Bhupinder Singh Hooda should take heart. They are not alone in facing political storms over their governments' land acquisition efforts.

Congress' star general secretary, Rahul Gandhi, too, got the rough edge of his constituency's tongue when, during a free-wheeling interaction in Amethi, his voters berated him for eyeing their land, even if for development.

Jhabbu Lal of Samastpur, Rae Bareli district had a small piece of land

THE upcoming Union Budget should have a special focus on women and farmers. This message was conveyed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi while speaking at a function in her constituency, Rae Bareli, on Wednesday, where she expressed certainty that finance minister P Chidambaram would "keep the common man's difficulties, especially faced by women and farmers, in mind while preparing the budget'. Speaking at a Bank of Baroda function to launch the 1,000th self-help group, Ms Gandhi was also quoted by agencies as saying that while 8-9% economic growth was not a mean achievement, real happiness would come when the common man's difficulties are wiped out. She added that health and education were keys for achieving real happiness. The comments are politically significant as many in the Congress have been saying much the same thing. At a pre-budget meeting with Mr Chidambaram recently, Congress leaders pointed out that 9% growth alone growth was unlikely to pay dividends for the party in an election year. They had asked the FM to focus on the