Farmer leader Shetty calls off stir against Land Bill

Farmer leader and MP Raju Shetty, an ally of BJP in Maharashtra, on Tuesday called off his agitation against Land Acquisition Bill and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near here after a "telephonic talk" with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

PTI| Updated: Mar 24, 2015, 22:58 PM IST

Pune: Farmer leader and MP Raju Shetty, an ally of BJP in Maharashtra, on Tuesday called off his agitation against Land Acquisition Bill and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) near here after a "telephonic talk" with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The 47-year-old activist-cum-politician, who heads Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, a farmer outfit said Fadnavis had promised to look into the grievances of agriculturists affected by the SEZ at Khed near here.

"The Chief Minister personally told me that grievances of those farmers who lost their land in the SEZ in Khed will be addressed at a meeting with all concerned in the first week of April," he told reporters here.

Shetty had undertaken a 40km foot march of farmers from Khed to Pune yesterday with planned rallies on the way.

The Pune District Collector has received a communication to hold discussions with the farmers next month, he said, adding Fadnavis had promised him to undo injustice to the affected landowners.

While embarking on his two-day march, Shetty whose party (Swabhimani Paksha) fought last Assembly polls under the NDA banner, alleged the Centre's move to make changes in the 2013 Land Act was detrimental to farmer interests and would benefit only builder mafias and industrialist lobbies.