Anna Hazare postpones his march to Delhi against land bill

Mumbai, PTI | Updated : 17 March 2015, 10:11 PM

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday announced changes to his ‘padyatra’ which was to begin at the end of this month against Centre’s controversial Land Acquisition Bill.

Hazare said that the padyatra (footmarch) has been postponed following representations from farmers that the schedule clashed with their field work.

“Anna said there were several representations from farmers and farmers organisations that the padyatra schedule clashed with their farm work and also warning about the high temperature in April,” his aide Datta Awari told PTI over phone from Ralegan Siddhi.

Also, the recent unseasonal rains and hailstorms was another reason for postponement, he said.

“The padyatra will be held after one or one and a half months. The new dates will be announced later,” Awari said.

Hazare had earlier this month announced that he would set off on his ‘pad-yatra’ against the land bill from Sevagram village on March 25.

The padyatra was scheduled to begin from Gandhi Ashram at Sewagram in Wardha and end at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

Hazare addressed a meeting of volunteers at Ralegan Siddhi today and asked the youth to come forward to build the country. Politics and political parties won’t solve the problems India faces but the youth can, he said.

Hazare had recently said if the land bill gets passed in Rajya Sabha, then people will have to show that “people’s parliament” is supreme, while also indicating that he was ready for talks with the government.

First Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:10 PM
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