Land acquisition ordinance: Hooda slams NDA govt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2015 22:19 IST

Former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has said the Centre's ordinance on land acquisition was akin to laws of the erstwhile British era when the rights of farmers were not intact.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Hooda said the decision of the NDA government to withdraw the clause of consent of farmers before acquiring their land was highly condemnable.

"We expected reforms in the land acquisition laws but the reversal on the mandatory clause of farmers' consent shows the real anti-common man of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Centre's decision was similar to the one prevalent in 1894 where land of any farmer could be acquired," said the two-time Congress CM.

Hooda said the BJP government in Haryana had no direction and it was initiating policies that would block a common man access to the chief minister's office.

"CM Window started by Manohar Lal Khattar will cease direct interaction between the common man and the CM. Even as the BJP has spent only a few days in the government in Haryana, its decision are totally directionless," he said.

Hooda said the sale of urea under police security, reversal of retirement age of government employees to 58 years age and reducing old-age pension proved that the BJP was unable to feel pain of common man.

"In view of official data showing improvement in lifespan and health indices, our government had increased the retirement age to 60 but the BJP government not only reversed, it also ruled against granting pay-scale on a par with the Punjab government employees. In fact, the BJP is proving a political front working to ensure benefit to a few affluent persons," he said.

On the alleged favouritism shown to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra, Hooda said the BJP was at the helm in Haryana and it should expedite a fair probe instead of politicising the issue.

Meanwhile, Hooda denied that he had any differences with the state Congress leadership, including party president Ashok Tanwar and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Kiran Choudhry.

"I am not supposed to attend the party workers' meetings with them but these all are mere assumptions that there are differences in the leadership. For me the Congress is more important than myself," he said.

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