2,000 Ekta Parishad members in Bhopal take to streets against anti-farmer polices of state, Centre

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2015 22:43 IST

The four-day hunger strike by the Ekta Parishad members against "the anti-farmer and anti-tribal policies" of the state and union governments, ended on Wednesday.

About 2,000 protesting members of the parishad took out a rally during the day from Yaadgar e Shahjehani Park to Neelam Park, where they announced to end the satyragrah at a public meeting.

The parishad has decided to launch a campaign under which post cards will be written to villages apprising the residents about the land acquisition act.

A gherao of MPs and MLAs will be held on August 15, a district level rally will be held on September 11 and a chakka jam will be held in Bhopal on October 2 in case the demands raised by the parishad are not met.

The state government had written a letter to Ekta Parishad founder member Rajagopal PV informing him that task forces will be reconstituted at the district and state levels to sort out the land-related issues.

During the public meeting on Wednesday, Ekta Parishad president Ran Singh Parmar said that a model of development based on snatching from one group to give to the other will only lead to tensions in society.

Rajagopal said the government is planning to take away land from people in the villages, who will be forced to beg in cities.

"About 99,000 villages have been wiped out from the map of the country. Policies of the government are dispossessing the farmers of their land and also not granting land to the landless," he added.

Rajagopal demanded the laws proposed in favour of capitalists be withdrawn and laws favouring farmers and marginalised sections of society should be formulated.

Rajagopal and 20 chosen volunteers were on a hunger strike from April 26 to protest the state and union government policies. A large number of tribals and farmers from 37 districts were extending moral support to the satyagrahis.

Former MLA Sunilam and former MP and Congress vice president Laxman Singh also addressed the public meeting.

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