NEW DELHI, Feb 23 – Anna Hazare, who shook the then UPA government three years ago with his anti-corruption crusade, was back in the capital today on a two-day dharna protesting against the land ordinance promulgated by the Modi government, accusing it of being pro-corporate, reports PTI.
Social activist Anna Hazare during a protest against the land acquisition amendment Bill, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday. – UNI
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 worse than the British regime. Even Britishers did not mete out so much of injustice to farmers,” he said.
On December 29 last year, the government had recommended promulgation of an ordinance making significant changes in the Land Acquisition Act including removal of the consent clause for acquiring land for five areas of industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence use.
“The 2013 Land Acquisition Act said unless 70 per cent of the villagers where the land has to be acquired give their consent, the land cannot be acquired. But this government removed this provision. This has been done for the benefit of corporates.
“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Slamming the Centre for the “unjust and undemocratic” law, he said the ordinance must be withdrawn immediately.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.