Ahmedabad: BJP MLA Kanu Kalsariya, who has
gone against party lines and opposed Nirma Limited`s cement
plant in his constituency Mahuva in Bhavnagar, on Wednesday said he
was opposed to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s policy
of promoting industries.
Kalsariya, who led the 350 km rally of over 5000 farmers
from Mahuva to Sabarmati Ashram here, said Modi government was
blindly promoting industries and he wanted to put breaks to
this policy of the government.
"This fight is not against any individual. This fight is
against the policy of the government," Kalsariya said
addressing a public meeting in Sabarmati Ashram here.
"I am opposed to Narendra Modi`s policy towards
industries," the MLA said criticising his party CM.
Kalsariya said his objective was to put breaks on the
policy of state government to blindly allocate fertile
agricultural land to industries.
The MLA said the agitation has got support from Congress
general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
"Even the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had taken
keen interest in our issue," he added.
Veteran Gandhian Chuni Vaidya who has been part of the
agitation from the beginning said the problem of giving away
agriculture land to industrialists was a problem not only for
Mahuva, but is a burning question for all the villages of the
"The government is seizing land from the villages and
giving it away to the industrialists. It`s like milking the
cow to feed the dogs," Vaidya said.
Farmers from over 12 villages shouted anti Nirma slogans
like "save our fields, remove Nirma", "Nirma go back". The
rally is likely to culminate in Gandhinagar tomorrow.
Farmers are protesting against the cement plant alleging
that it was being built on a natural water body and if
completed would destroy their agriculture, and animal
husbandry, besides causing irreparable damage to the
Their agitation has been supported by Bharitya Kisan
Sangh, which is a sister organisation of the ruling BJP
government in the state, and the Congress party.
Nirma was given 268 hectare land for setting up of the
cement plant besides more than 3,000 hectare for mining lease
in the surrounding areas of the district.
The farmers had filed a public interest litigation (PIL)
in the Gujarat High Court last year opposing the cement plant,
which was rejected. The farmers have now approached the
Supreme Court challenging the HC order.
Over 200 people of Mithivirdi, Jaspara, Mandva and
Khadarpara of Talaja taluka of Bhanvnagar also joined the
rally opposing the 6000 MW nuclear power project proposed to
be set up in their region.