Land Acquisition Ordinance violates farmers' rights: Congress

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Monday said that the Land Acquisition Ordinance brought by the BJP-led government at the Centre was not in favour of the farmers.

New Delhi: Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Monday said that the Land Acquisition Ordinance brought by the BJP-led government at the Centre was not in favour of the farmers.

"This is not only a movement of Anna Hazare but everyone is angry. We [Congress] brought the Act [Land Acquisition] for the betterment of the farmers of this country that too with the support of the BJP," Aiyar told ANI here.

"The common people know as to how their rights have been violated," he added.

The former union minister also said that the Congress would take out a protest against the Centre's decision on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, veteran social activist Anna Hazare began his protest at the Jantar Mantar here earlier in the day against the amendments in the Land Acquisition.

Speaking at the protest venue, Hazare criticized the ruling BJP at the Centre over its promise of 'achhe din' during the Lok Sabha polls last year.

Hazare said there is a need to create awareness as very few farmers are aware of the bill.

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