Haryana: AAP will not allow land to be acquired under new policy

  • Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Mar 09, 2015 08:21 IST

Accusing the BJP-led Haryana government of adopting "anti-farmer" stance by reducing compensation for land acquisition by half, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Sunday said the party will not allow acquisition of even one acre of land under the new rules in the state and will take every step to protect the interest of farmers.

Yadav also announced that the party will intensify its ongoing 'Jai Kisan Abhiyan' campaign by taking it to village and block level in the state in the second phase.

"We hereby warn Haryana government that we will not allow acquisition of even one acre of land in the state under the new rules whereby compensation for land has been reduced by 50 per cent ... We will not allow any discrimination against farming community in the state," Yadav said while speaking to
reporters here.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has accused the BJP government in Haryana of issuing a notification on December 4 last year whereby compensation for land acquired from farmers has been reduced by 50 per cent.

"We hoped that the state government would rollback this notification (reducing land acquisition compensation by 50 per cent). But it had not done so," he said.

"This rule came during the BJP regime in December month last year not during previous Congress regime," he said.

Referring to land acquisition for bye-pass in Sirsa, Yadav alleged that though award for land acquired is yet to be announced, the solatium in this case has been calculated at 30 per cent as against the claims of Haryana government which has been saying that 100 per cent solatium is being given as
part of land acquisition compensation.

Accusing the Khattar-led government of lying to people about compensation for land acquisition, Yadav alleged that the state government had reduced compensation from four timesof market rate to two times.

Regarding his ongoing 'Jan Kisan Abhiyan' campaign, Yadav Regarding his ongoing 'Jan Kisan Abhiyan' campaign, Yadav said it will be taken to village and block level in the state in the second phase.

"We will go into villages, block level and meet farmers whom land is being acquired and listen to their grievances," he said, adding, he will be visiting Gurgaon from March 12 to
14 as part of the campaign.

Under the 'Jan Kisan Abhiyan' campaign, AAP workers hand over packets of salt to local MPs as a reminder to him of his responsibilities towards farmers.

In Ambala constituency, AAP workers led by Yadav handed over the salt to BJP MP Rattan Lal Kataria in Panchkula here.

Jan Kisan Abiyan was launched last month by AAP against BJP government in the state and the Centre to oppose their "anti-farmers" policies. The party has been criticising the BJP government for urea shortage, land acquisition ordinance and less prices of food grains.

Yadav had written a letter to Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on February 19, slamming the state government over slashing the compensation rate under the new
land acquisition policy by half.

In the letter, Yadav, who is also the party's state in-charge, had said AAP will oppose the new land policy and hold agitations across the state.

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