Former chief minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda said on Tuesday that the present BJP government -- both at the Centre and the state -- was anti farmer adding that BJP had come to power in the state by making false promises as it had not fulfilled any of the 119 promises listed in its election manifesto.
Talking to media persons at the residence of former minister Nirmal Singh, he said that new Land Acquisition Bill pending in the Rajya Sabha was draconian and was against the interests of land owners adding that several of its provisions were more stringent than the original land acquisition act of 1894.
Demanding Rs 20,000 per acre compensation for the crop loss due to non-seasonal rains, Hooda claimed that the Congress had always kept the interests of the farmers in mind and would continue to fight for their rights.
He said that the recent visit of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to share the miseries of the farmers had evoked spontaneous response and the message that the Congress was the only party which cares for them was driven home.
Hitting out at the state government, he said that it was only shedding crocodile tears as no compensation for crop loss has been announced till now.
Morover, he said that it was ironic that the finance minister had promised pension for farmers without making any financial provision in the budget adding that financial management during his ten-year term was the best as he brought down the revenue deficit to 18% from 24% in 2005.
On the Supreme Court striking down reservation for Jats, Hooda said that he was and is in favour of reservation adding that he was instrumental in its implementation and it was the responsibility of present government to see that it continued.
Meanwhile, he said that Birender Singh, who had deserted the party for a post in the government, was still entertaining hopes of becoming the chief minister.