The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Marxist Communist Party of India-United (MCPI-U) have condemned the NDA government at the Centre for notifying the land acquisition ordinance, saying that this would break the backbone of the peasantry in Punjab.
“It is very different when you acquire a piece of land whose owner is an investor, corporate and business house, but the ramifications are vastly different when you uproot a person, a farmer or a farm labourer from his ancestral roots. There is no mention of this in the compensatory clauses to ensure the future security of the dependent members and the next generation of the uprooted family during the land acquisition,” AAP’s Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur said here.
He said the AAP leadership opposed tooth and nail the opening of doors for investors to be facilitated under the Land Acquisition Act in the name of infrastructure development, which was actually flaring up the corporate model of profit maximisation at the cost of livelihood of peasants.
The MCPI-U also condemned the move, criticising the BJP-led NDA government for proceeding through an ordinance without facing Parliament on the key issue of interests of safeguarding the farmers’ livelihood.
The MCPI-U, at its Punjab state committee meeting on Thursday, also condemned the NDA government for its “dictatorial attitude” on pursuing ordinances on another important bill, related to foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance sector, the party’s state committee secretary Pawan Kumar Kaushal said here.
The Left party also opposed the Hindutva policy and “saffronisation of education, culture and composite history of India”, besides “forcible conversions” in the name of ‘ghar wapsi’.