GUWAHATI, Nov 8 – Noted Gandhian leader Anna Hazare today gave a clarion call to launch the second struggle to wrest freedom for the country. This is needed to get rid of the black sahibs, who have been exploiting the people of the country as did the white sahibs, he said. He was addressing a rally organised by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) at the Chandmari Assam Engineering Institute ground here as part of a two-day convention that began yesterday on the aliens issue.
“People of the country drove away the British colonialists through a struggle that lasted for 90 years since the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. Now the Congress is inviting the foreign companies, after 60 years of independence,” he said.
“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is claiming that foreign companies would change the appearance of the Indian economy, contrary to the assertion made by the Mahatma that village Swaraj alone could bring in a change in the economy of the country.
“Foreign companies will pollute our air, water and everything and they will plunder our resources, too. Water, air and other natural resources, the public exchequer, etc., belong to the people of the country.”
“The people have been sending their representatives to the Parliament, etc., as their servants to take care of their resources. But these people are now looting the resources of the country.
“MPs, MLAs and officers are the servants of the people. People are the owners of the country. But now MPs, MLAs and officers have become the owners and reduced the people into their servants.
“The country needs legislations to empower the gram sabhas, which are the mothers of all other legislative bodies of the country. For acquiring village land the permission of the gram sabhas should be made mandatory,” said the septuagenarian Gandhian leader.
Moreover, the farmers of the country need to court arrest enmasse by launching a jail bhoro agitation for enacting pro-farmer legislations, he said, adding, during the elections he would be at Jantar Mantar to mount pressure on the Government for such legislations.
He announced that he would travel the country for one and half year from January next to arouse the peasants against all these ills. He would tell the people that corruption is ruining the country.
The rally, presided over by a three-member presidium comprising KMSS president Raju Bora and its working presidents Pabitrabrata Daimari and Molan Laskar, was also addressed by its general secretary Akhil Gogoi, former Gauhati University Vice Chancellor Prof Deba Prasad Barooah, Himachal Pradesh peasant leader Goman Singh, Ekta Parishad leader Ramesh Sarma, AJYCP president Manoj Barua and ATASU president Pranjal Rajkonwar.
The participants of the rally, who were several thousands in number, later took out a procession to the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (Metro)'s office and sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner.
The memorandum called for steps to solve the alien's issue amicably, to grant land settlement rights to the landless indigenous people, to complete updating of the National Register of Citizens by December 31, 2013.
It also demanded steps to sign expatriation treaties with Nepal and Bangladesh governments for deportation of the nationals belonging to these neighbouring countries and to abandon the mega dam power projects proposed to be set up in the NE region.
KMSS members were assured by the Deputy Commissioner that he would arrange for a meeting between the Chief Minister and the KMSS leaders within a month on the issue of land rights to the landless indigenous people, said Kamal Medhi, KMSS publicity secretary.