Controversial Land Acquisition Act unites Hazare and Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar in August this year Photo: Shailendra Pandey
Arvind Kejriwal (left) and Anna Hazare
Photo: Shailendra Pandey

The mentor and the protege are back on the stage – Anna Hazare  and Arvind Kejriwal. Anna who had launched the anti-corruption crusade , has received a shot in the arm as far as his agitation against the  Land Acquisition act is concerned as his protege Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has joined  him in the protest against the controversial anti-farmer Act.

The Delhi CM and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had met Hazare and sought Hazare’s blessing at Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi. “Arvind Kejriwal will be joining Anna Hazare today at Jantar Mantar 24 Feb – 2PM,” Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tweeted.

“We discussed about the Delhi election results. We also discussed about the Land Acquisition Ordinance and how AAP could extend support to him (Hazare).” Sisodia said, speaking to the media persons.

Meanwhile, prime minster Narendra Modi welcomed good suggestion from opposition and is ready for amendment. Modi also defended the amendment to the Land Acquisition Act passed by the UPA government in 2013. “Do not go on back foot over the issue. We will welcome good suggestions during the debate and are ready for amendments,” Modi said at parliamentary party meeting of the BJP.

Amid the debate between opposition and ruling party, Congress leader Anand Sharma slammed the government for trying to bypass Parliament through an ordinance. Responding to the statement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “No law can bypass the house. My friend should remember 636 ordinances have come and 80 percent of them came when Anand Sharma’s party was in government.”

Even as the opposition raises voluminous slogans against the legislation, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh has introduced the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015.






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