Youth Congress announces second phase of march against land ordinance

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: May 30, 2015 20:46 IST

The Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress (HPYC) on Saturday said it will be holding the second phase of its Kisan Satayagraha, a march to protest against the land acquisition ordinance, from June

HPYC president Vikramaditya Singh told reporters that the first phase of the foot march covered 10km in each of the 68 vidhan sabha segments of the state.

"The march has garnered significant support from farmers who are protesting against the BJP-led NDA government's land acquisition ordinance," Singh said.

The second phase of the series of the foot rallies will last till June 7 and will be held at each of the 12 district head quarters of the party, Singh said.

The HPYC chief said a memorandum will also be submitted to the President and the central government for withdrawal of the ordinance, through the deputy commissioner's office.

"A state-level rally will also be organised, where Congress's national vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is vehemently taking up the issues of the farmers countrywide, and chief minister Virbhadra Singh, will be present," Singh said.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh said the Congress-led UPA government during its tenure had brought the Land Acquisition Act to protect the interest of the farmers after due consultation with all the political parties and stake holders.

However, he added, the BJP government "ignored those who would be affected by making amendments in the act" and did not keep any provisions of job security and compensation for the farmers.

Expressing serious concern over the declining agricultural growth rate from 4.7 % in 2013-14 to 1.1 % in 2014-15, the HPYC chief said the production of food grains in India had also declined from 2,650 lakh metric tonnes in 2013-14 to 2,500 lakh metric tonnes in 2014-15.

The government has also failed to pay subsidy worth `40,000 crore to urea manufacturers, he Singh alleged.

"The tall claims of bringing back black money by the Modi government too have fallen flat," Singh added.

Replying to a question on dissidence amongst Youth Congress members, Singh said, "We want that everyone in our organisation works in tandem … if any such issue arises the parent Congress party is competent to take action."

The HPYC chief also cautioned that party members of promote their personal agenda before the party's.

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