Anna Hazare begins two-day protest at Jantar Mantar; meets Kejriwal

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 23 February 2015, 08:51 PM

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Dy CM Manish Sisodia today met Anna Hazare at Maharashtra Sadan and will join him on the stage tomorrow.    

Accusing the Modi government of antipathy towards farmers, Anna Hazare today launched a two-day agitation against the controversial land acquisition ordinance here, coinciding with the commencement of the Budget session of Parliament.

77-year-old 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.

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.

“The government cannot be indifferent to the farmers’ interest. This is government of people of India and not of England or America. It is the people who have made the government,” he said.

Terming it as a very serious issue, Hazare said he will take the agitation across the country and will come back to the Ramlila grounds soon if the government does not heed farmers’ demand.

“People in the villages are still not aware of this (amendments). Now, we will make people of every state and district aware of the provisions (of the ordinance). It is important to reach out to every district,” he said.

Hazare has been highly critical of the Modi government for making certain changes in the Land Acquisition Act through an ordinance.

On December 29 last year, the government had recommended promulgation of an ordinance making significant changes in the Land Acquisition Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas of industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.
First Published: Monday, February 23, 2015 08:01 AM
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