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Battle lines drawn on Land Bill

Battle lines drawn on Land Bill
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A large number of AAP volunteers still owe their allegiance to the Ralegan-Siddhi based social activist. The party is also opposing the “anti-farmers” amendments made in the Land Acquisition Act in December last year. The party will also undertake state-wide protests in Haryana on Tuesday over the amendments made in the act.

Anna Hazare, who shook the then UPA government three years ago with his anti-corruption crusade, was back in the capital on Monday on a two-day dharna protesting against the land ordinance promulgated by the Modi government, accusing it of being pro-corporate. A “jail-bharo (fill the jails)” movement will be launched from the Ramlila ground here in three to four months at the end of a “padyatra” across the country, the 77-year-old Gandhian announced at Jantar Mantar, the capital’s reserved spot for agitations.

Attacking the land ordinance, Hazare said the BJP had promised “acche din” (good days) to the people during the elections but good days had come only to corporates. “This is a land grab. Britishers used to do it. Today’s government is worst than the British regime. Even Britishers did not met out so much of injustice to farmers,” he said.

“Before the elections, the people were promised ‘acche din’ (good days), they trusted (the party) and voted for them.Today they are forcibly taking away the land from farmers. So the ‘acche din’ are for the corporates not for the common man,” Hazare said. Slamming the Centre for the “unjust and undemocratic” law, he said the ordinance must be withdrawn immediately. “After Independence, this is for the first time, the farmers are facing so much of injustice under the current government after it brought the ordinance on the Land Acquisition,” he said.
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