RLD chief Ajit Singh on Thursday got the Left and the Right on his sides to send a warning to government to immediately bring a new law on land acquisition as his party staged a protest here against acquiring of farmers' land by Uttar Pradesh government.
CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat shared the dais with senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley and thundered against the government's alleged "anti-farmer" policies asking it to scrap the existing century-old land acquisition law and bring a fresh one.
JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, his LJP counterpart Ramvilas Paswan, TDP's Namo Nageswar Rao and AIADMK's M Thambidurai also lent their voice to RLD's demand for a new law.
The 'Gherao of Parliament' came against the backdrop of the protest against acquisition of land for Yamuna Expressway, police firing on farmers in UP and to demand amendment in Land Acquisition Act and adequate compensation for farmers.
Addressing hundreds of protestors from western Uttar Pradesh, Ajit Singh said he had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a week ago demanding a new law for land acquisition but did not get any response.
"Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that such a law will be introduced in the next session after a meeting with Rahul Gandhi. He should understand that he is not the Prime Minister for just Rahul Gandhi. He is my Prime Minister, your Prime Minister," he said.
Noting that the Prime Minister has been congratulated for freeing our economy and many other things, he asked why the farmers are being "kept captive" when he frees the lives of hundreds of people.
He said the government "should not just act as a beneficiary" of real estate agents.
Jaitely noted that the government does not have enough numbers to get through any legislation in Rajya Sabha and the opposition parties will use this not pass such legislations which are against the interests of people.
"You saw this in the civil nuclear liability bill. It would not have passed without our support. Congress is in a minority in Rajya Sabha and we will not allow Congress to pass any legislations which are against people," he said.
He also asked the government to convene an all-party meeting on the issue of a new law for land acquisition.
Bardhan said he does not trust the government as it has made many promises which are still "unkept" and that one has to continue its fight against the government for their rights.
Karat said that the existing law is meant for grabbing farmers' land for real estate.