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Centre should ask states to suspend land acquisitions: BJP

delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2011 20:31 IST

BJP on Thursday asked the Centre to issue an advisory to all states to stop land acquisitions till the legislation in this regard is passed by Parliament even as it alleged that the Haryana government had leased acres of land illegally to Rajiv Gandhi Education Society.

"The government should bring the land acquisition bill in Parliament in this session itself and not delay it further. Also the centre should issue an advisory to all state governments that till this bill is passed all land aquisition should be stopped," former BJP president Rajnath Singh said.

He said injustice towards farmers is being done by state governments in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra among others. Some of the state governments were acquiring land to benefit builders and this should be checked.

"Forcible and unfair land acquisitions are taking place. In the blind race for development, destruction of land and natural resources is taking place. There is misuse of authority by the state governments. This is a form of corruption," Singh said.

He made a special mention of Haryana where he had visited Ullahawas and other adjoining villages on August 5 to meet farmers agitating against land acquisition.

"In Ullahawas, I met farmers who said in 2005-06, land was acquired with just Rs 12.5 Lakh compensation per acre and given to the Rajiv Gandhi Education Society," Singh said.

Asked about the cost of this land, he said it had been rated at Rs 5-10 csrore per acre.