Terming the Land Acquisition Bill that the BJP-led NDA government proposes to table in Parliament as "anti-farmer', Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said the bill would only "benefit industrialists and big business".
Presiding over a meeting of the Nalagarh block Congress committee on Wednesday, he questioned the BJP and its leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, why the party had "unequivocally backed" the Right to Fair Compensation Act, 2013 inside and outside Parliament nine months ago but had now "proceeded to kill the same law within six months of coming to power even before it could be implemented".
"The Congress party led UPA government had brought the Land Acquisition Act after developing consensus among various political parties and holding discussions with all stakeholders, states and Parliament over a period of two years but the Act was set aside by Modi to benefit a few crony capitalists," Sukhu said, adding the Himachal government would implement the "pro-farmer" Act.
He also accused the BJP government of "backtracking" on its poll promises of "bringing back black money" in 100 days and eradicating corruption and joblessness in the country. "The BJP government has failed to fulfill its poll promises on 'black money', corruption and unemployment and it seems that it was their well thought out plan to gain power through misleading statements on issues pertaining to the country," he added.
Sukhu said the UPA government had implemented the 'one rank, one pension' scheme for defence ex-servicemen and had made budgetary allocations for the same but the Modi government had not made any budgetary provisions in the FY2016 budget.
He also urged Congress party workers to work in a "coordinated manner" to strengthen the party organization in the state "so that it could emerge stronger". "Party workers should spread awareness among general public about the people centric schemes of the Congress party led state government which were being implemented in the state as it was promised in the party manifesto during assembly elections," he added.
Sukhu also complemented the state government for formulating policies and programs for the overall development of the state and the government was working for all round development of all areas of the state.
The meeting was attended by HPCC general secretary and Solan district head Harshwardhan Chauhan, former MLAs Chaudhary Lajja Ram and Lakhvinder Rana, Himachal INTUC president Bawa Hardeep Singh, Solan DCC chief Rahul Thakur, Nalagarh BCC chief Aseem Sharma and Solan DCC social media head Mukesh Sharma besides hundreds of party workers.