Hazare, Kejriwal share dais, protest against land bill

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2015 10:39 IST

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal joined Anna Hazare at the Jantar Mantar on Tuesday during the social activist's protest against the controversial land acquisition ordinance, saying the Narendra Modi-led government was acting as a property dealer for corporates.

"The land ordinance is against the farmers and the poor. We are with Anna ji (in protesting it)," Kejriwal said after he met Hazare on-stage at the protest venue.

"The public will bulldoze any government which tries to acquire land with force… Not an inch of land in Delhi will be taken forcibly," the Delhi CM said at the protest.

Hazare and Kejriwal, the two pillars of the 2011-12 anti-corruption movement, looked set to unite forces once again after they parted ways following differences over Kejriwal's decision to plunge into electoral politics.

On Monday, Hazare accused the Modi government of being indifferent towards farmers as he launched a two-day protest against the controversial land acquisition ordinance in the Capital.

Hazare also hinted at a bigger agitation at the Ramlila ground if the government did not take the land ordinance back saying he will take the movement to each and every district of the country.

The December ordinance made significant changes to the UPA government's land acquisition act including removal of a consent clause for acquiring land for five areas - industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.

The ordinance is a temporary order that needs the approval of both Houses of Parliament to come into force and will lapse if not ratified in this Budget session.

Hazare and his team had earlier said no representatives of any political party will be allowed on stage during the two-day protest in the Capital as parties manipulate such situations against each other.

"They will be not be allowed to share the stage because if I allow, then it will become a party event. They are free to join the crowd. No one can stop them."

Kejriwal also requested Hazare to visit the Delhi secretariat on Wednesday. "I request Anna ji to come to the secretariat and speak to all department heads to inspire them," the Delhi CM said.

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