Lok Sabha elections 2019: No poll boycott by Manesar villages
Representatives from 72 villages who had gathered in Dhana village relented and agreed to participate in the elections after Choudhary, a leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, promised a meeting of farmers with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar after May 12.Updated: May 01, 2019, 03:55 IST
The ‘mahapanchayat’ of 72 villages held in Manesar on Tuesday decided that residents of four villages — Kasan, Bans Kusla , Bans Hariya and Dhana — will not boycott the Lok Sabha elections after an assurance by Pataudi MLA Bimla Choudhary that their issue related to land compensation would be taken up with the government.
Representatives from 72 villages who had gathered in Dhana village relented and agreed to participate in the elections after Choudhary, a leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, promised a meeting of farmers with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar after May 12.
“We have been assured by the Pataudi MLA that this matter will be taken up with the government and a meeting of our representatives will be held with the CM. As such, the elders have decided that the villagers will not boycott polls,” said Subedar Suraj Pal, who was chosen as head of the ‘mahapanchayat’.
The residents of the four villages had threatened to boycott the Lok Sabha election after the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) issued notices to them to take back a part of the compensation, which is around ₹9 lakh per acre. The notices were served to meet the directives of a February 8 Supreme Court order to reverse the compensation amount.
The landowners, however, said that when the interest component is added, the amount increases to ₹35 lakh per acre.
In response to the notices, the four villages that have around 11,000 voters had decided to hold a ‘mahapanchayat’ to decide on boycotting the elections.
Rampal Singh, a resident of Dhana, said that HSIIDC had acquired 1,400 acres for IMT Manesar in 2003-04 at a low rate of ₹2.25 lakh per acre. “The farmers approached the district court that fixed the price at ₹28 lakh. Later, they approached the high court, which fixed the rate at ₹37 lakh,” said Singh.
Later, the farmers approached the Supreme Court for further enhancement. But a private company filed a petition against it in the apex court, which reduced the compensation amount.
On Tuesday, over 300 people, including women, from 72 villages gathered at Shaheed Park.
Choudhary promised the land owners that they would discuss the matter at the highest level. “We have been voted to power by you, and your concerns and problems will be our priority. The farmers can form a committee and I will fix a meeting with the CM in Chandigarh after May 12,” said Choudhary, who had gone there as an emissary of Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh.
Mahesh Yadav, who heads Aam Aadmi Party in Gurugram and was present in the meeting, said that the government must support the cause of the farmers. “The farmers have already spent this money. How will they pay back?” he asked.
Rishiraj Rana, a senior leader of Jannayak Janta Party, said that whatever decision was taken by the mahapanchayat, his party would support it.