New Delhi: RLD chief Ajit Singh today got
the Left and the Right on his side to send a warning to
government to immediately bring a new law on land acquisition
as his party staged a protest here against acquiring of
farmers` land by Uttar Pradesh government.
CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan and CPI(M) Polit Bureau
member Brinda Karat shared the dais with senior BJP leader
Arun Jaitley and thundered against the government`s alleged
"anti-farmer" policies asking it to scrap the existing
century-old land acquisition law and bring a fresh one.
JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, his LJP counterpart Ramvilas
Paswan, TDP`s Namo Nageswar Rao and AIADMK`s M Thambidurai
also lent their voice to RLD`s demand for a new law.
The `Gherao of Parliament` came against the backdrop of
the protest against acquisition of land for Yamuna Expressway,
police firing on farmers in UP and to demand amendment in Land
Acquisition Act and adequate compensation for farmers.
Addressing hundreds of protestors from western Uttar
Pradesh, Ajit Singh said he had met Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh a week ago demanding a new law for land acquisition but
did not get any response.
"Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that such a law
will be introduced in the next session after a meeting with
Rahul Gandhi. He should understand that he is not the Prime
Minister for just Rahul Gandhi. He is my Prime Minister, your
Prime Minister," he said.
Noting that the Prime Minister has been congratulated
for freeing our economy and many other things, he asked why
the farmers are being "kept captive" when he frees the lives
of hundreds of people.
He said the government "should not just act as a
beneficiary" of real estate agents.
Jaitely noted that the government does not have enough
numbers to get through any legislation in Rajya Sabha and the
opposition parties will use this not pass such legislations
which are against the interests of people.
"You saw this in the civil nuclear liability bill. It
would not have passed without our support. Congress is in a
minority in Rajya Sabha and we will not allow Congress to pass
any legislations which are against people," he said.
He also asked the government to convene an all-party
meeting on the issue of a new law for land acquisition.
Bardhan said he does not trust the government as it has
made many promises which are still "unkept" and that one has
to continue its fight against the government for their rights.
Karat said that the existing law is meant for grabbing
farmers` land for real estate.