With the Congress government going ahead with the controversial land acquisition bill, the Trinamool Congress may be in for a political bonanza. Its senior leaders believe that the party will now be able to exploit many of its clauses to fuel Nandigram and Singurtype farmers' stirs across the country.
Significantly, the Trinamool has already been in the thick of land agitations in Haryana.
On Tuesday, a group of ministers (GoM) cleared the longdelayed Land Acquisition Bill, paving the way for its introduction in Parliament in the coming winter session.
The draft bill clearly says the government can acquire land for industry if two-thirds of the landowners agree to the deal. Mamata Banerjee, however, champions a policy that says the government will have nothing to do with land acquisition for industry.
"We will oppose the bill on the floor of the House. This bill is not in favour of farmers. It leaves room for corruption and malpractices. Mamata Banerjee is known all over for protecting the rights of farmers," said Sisir Adhikari, a former Union minister and senior Trinamool leader. "Initially, the Centre had said that 90% of the land-losers must agree to the acquisition. We opposed the policy. Now, the central government has diluted the Act further," Adhikari added.
As a matter of strategy, the Trinamool will not let the new billbepassed in the Bengal assembly."We'll unite the farmers against the bill," said Suvendu Adhikari, MP and one of the heroes of the Nandigram agitation.
Mamata Banerjee plans to hit the streets of different states some time in November. The Trinamool will hold a rally in Haryana on November 2 under the leadership of its Rajya Sabha MP, KD Singh. On November 17, Mamata Banerjee will hold a rally in Lucknow, followed by a dharna at Delhi's Jantar Mantar on November 19 and 20. She is also scheduled to speak at a meeting in Patna.