A delegation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to state governor O P Kohli requesting him not to give assent to the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2016, arguing that the bill “is unconstitutional and anti-farmer”.
The delegation comprising Kishore Desai, Harshil Nayak , Rituraj Mehta and Hansmukh Patel also briefed the governor that the bill was more draconian than the one that was being brought by the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
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“But (Narendra) Modi government had to buckle to the pressure of the people and withdraw it,” the memorandum said.
“We request you to reject the bill passed by the Anandiben Patel government because it is intended to loot the landed properties of lakhs of farmers to benefit the industrial houses,” the memorandum said.
“The bill states that an area of about one kilometre around industrial estates can be acquired without the permission of the farmers,” the memorandum said, adding that “it is draconian in nature and against farming community”. In a statement, AAP media convenor Harshil Nayak said that his party would launch an agitation if the bill was not withdrawn immediately.