People’s protest against NDA’s Land Ordinance

RSTV Bureau

padh_jantar-mantarThousands of people are on the roads against the land acquisition bill. The farmers ‘movement has already gained moment beyond Delhi, as the farmers and organizations at state-level have started agitations against this bill.

In the first major public agitation against the BJP-led government at the Centre, thousands of farmers from several states have joined the protest on Delhi’s historic Jantar Mantar against the land ordinance of the Centre. Led by civil society activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, they are demanding the withdrawal of anti-farmer changes to the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 brought in through an ordinance.

On Monday, Hazare blamed the Modi government of being apathetic towards farmers as he launched a two-day protest against the controversial land acquisition ordinance in the New Delhi.

In the morning before reaching the Jantar Mantar, Anna Hazare reached the stage of Narmada Bachao Aandolan Leader Medha Patkar at Parliament Street to unite all the forces which are agitating against this controversial bill.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who was also the member of Team Anna in the agitation against the UPA government will also join Anna’s protest on second and last day on Tuesday.

Parliamet also stormed on this issue and members of many parties also protested outside the houses on this issue.

A united Opposition tore into an ordinance promulgated to amend land acquisition rules, calling it an “anti-farmer” move brought by “bypassing” Parliament to benefit corporate houses, a charge vehemently denied by the government.

Soon after obituary references and laying of listed papers on the table in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma (Cong) said Congress and three other parties have given a notice under rule 267 for suspension of the business as the government has bypassed Parliament to make changes in a law that was passed in 2013 through consensus of all parties including BJP.

Sharad Yadav (JD-U) said through the ordinance, the government was “bulldozing and trampling” on Parliamentary scrutiny because they have absolute majority.

Mayawati (BSP) said the land acquisition bill passed by Parliament in 2013 was done after elaborate consultations and the present ordinance was not in the interest of the farmers and favoured only few industrialists and corporate houses.