Sitting MP and Congress candidate for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat Pawan Kumar Bansal took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the opposition had played a negative role by criticising his and his party’s efforts to save the villagers’ lands.
Speaking at Makhan Majra village at a public meeting here, Bansal said, “We along with villagers fought against the Chandigarh administration policies on the issue of land acquisition, but the BJP leaders at that time said Congress was not in good terms with officials.
On the other hand BJP also blamed us saying we were not taking issues with the administration, which was only a move to put hurdles in our struggle for a cause.”
The four-time MP, who is getting a tremendous support from the electorates in the city, colonies and villages, added that the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, Resettlement Act 2013 of the Congress was revolutionary.
It protected the land of landowners and did not leave the UTs with any power to carry out fresh land acquisition.
According to the provisions of the new law, a series of checks had been introduced to prevent exploitation of those inhabiting the land proposed to be acquired, he added.
While speaking on the occasion, Bhupinder Singh Badheri, former senior deputy mayor, said, “Congress always fights for the cause of villages. BJP leader Satya Pal Jain has earlier got a chance to represent Chandigarh but failed and did nothing.”
A large number of residents and shopkeepers of Sectors 27 and 28 walked in the corridors of the markets of the sector when Bansal, ‘the man next door’, reached there for his election campaign ‘Jagrukta Yatra’.
As Bansal reached Motor Market Association in Sector 28, he was received by Khalid Khan, the chairman of the market. A large number of other members of the association and former municipal councillor Davinder Singh Babla met Bansal on the occasion.