Kejriwal to participate in Anna Hazare's protest on land ordinance
Kejriwal, who was Anna's lieutenant in the anti-corruption movement three years ago, came to the Maharashtra Sadan and met the Gandhian for the first time after the two had gone apart two years ago when AAP was formed.india Updated: Feb 24, 2015 01:25 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will share the stage with Anna Hazare at Jantar Mantar on Tuesday during the social activist's protest against the Modi government's controversial land acquisition ordinance deputy CM Manish Sisodia said.
The two pillars of the 2011-12 anti-corruption movement will come together after they parted ways following differences over Kejriwal’s decision to plunge into electoral politics.
“Arvind and some other AAP leaders will be joining Anna for the protest at 3 pm on Tuesday. We have been against the ordinance since the very beginning and have made our objections very clear. This ordinance is very dangerous for farmers,” said Sisodia.
The December ordinance made significant changes to the UPA government’s land acquisition Act including removal of a consent clause for acquiring land for five areas – industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.
The ordinance is a temporary order that needs the approval of both Houses of Parliament to come into force and will lapse if not ratified in this Budget session.
Hazare and his team had earlier said no representatives of any political party will be allowed on stage during the two-day protest in the Capital that started on Monday.
Other AAP leaders likely to join Hazare on stage are Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav. Kejriwal and Sisodia met the 77-year-old activist at Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan, where he is staying.
Around 2,000 people visited Jantar Mantar on Monday while close to 200, mostly those who had come from Maharashtra and support all Hazare movements, stayed there through the day, police said.