Land Acquisition Bill: Anna Hazare to protest at Jantar Mantar
Anna Hazare to protest against the Land Acquisition Bill
New Delhi: Social Right activist Anna Hazare launched his two day crusade against the central government at Jantar Mantar. The 77 year old Hazare is fighting for the rights of the farmers who will be affected by the Land Acquisition Bill. Hazare was joined by hundreds of supporters and Narmada Bachao movement activist Medha Patekar at Jantar Mantar and the activist said he will take the movement against the ordinance to each and every district of the country.
No Political Interference at the venue
Hazare said he will not allow AAP or Congress to share stage with him at the protest venue and the two parties can join it as part of common people. “How can you take away land without farmer’s consent? India is an agricultural country. The government must think about the farmers. The land ordinance is undemocratic,” Hazare said. However, he said he will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal because he is a chief minister.
Hazare is holding the protest to demand the withdrawal of the anti-farmer amendments to the Land Acquisition Act, 2013. Just before starting his protest at Jantar Mantaer in New Delhi, Hazare said, “How can the government take away the irrigated land of the farmers? The Land Acquisition Bill is anti-people,” he said.
Bracing up to oppose the NDA government in the Budget session of Parliament starting Monday, the Congress said that they will not allow any change in the old Act. “Our stand is clear about the new Land Acquisition Bill. Congress will not tolerate any change in the old Act introduced by the UPA government in 2013. We welcome Anna Hazare’s movement. Congress will support him as long as he fights for the cause of farmers,” senior party leader Ahmed Patel said.