The opposition is preparing for an onslaught on the BJP-led NDA government in and outside Parliament on the land acquisition ordinance. This will coincide with social activist Anna Hazare’s two-day agitation against the ordinance in Delhi from February 23 — the day the Budget session begins.
Hazare, who will be joined by former RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya and other farmers’ bodies in the protest, had been critical of the government’s move to do away with the provisions of taking consent of majority of farmers before acquiring their land. He alleged that the government was working at the behest of business groups.
The Congress, which is also preparing for an agitation in Delhi against the move, has maintained ordinance was not only “anti-farmer” but also “against the soul and spirit” of the Right to Fair Compensation Law. “We are against amendments brought to the original law that was passed during the UPA government. We will strongly oppose the move,” a Congress leader said.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too is preparing for a countrywide agitation against the Centre on issues related to farmers. As part of the plan, the campaign would be launched from Punjab’s Malwa with a ‘Kisan and Mazdoor’ rally next month.