The Trinamool Congress is set to take out a rally protesting against the NDA government’s proposed ordinance to bring in amendments to the Land Acquisition Act allegedly bypassing parliamentary procedures.
The TMC chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed her party leaders on Thursday to organize a mass padayatra in Kolkata on April 8 to protest against the “draconian ordinance”, inviting people from all segments of the society to participate.
TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said the “padayatra will begin from Moulali and end at Mayo Road near the Gandhi statue where leaders, including Mamata Banerjee will address the gathering.
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Party workers and other participants in the rally have been asked to wear black badges. While a central “padayatra” will be held in Kolkata, the party’s district units have been asked to organize protest meetings at every block headquarters where participants will cover their face with black cloth to symbolise gagging of democratic practice.
TMC national chief spokesperson Derek O’ Brien tweeted that the Trinamool Congress will oppose the land bill “with all its might.”
In his blog, Derek wrote: “The NDA government’s ordinance on the land acquisition law — now set to be re-issued after flagrantly ignoring the sentiments of parliament and suddenly and unconscionably proroguing the Rajya Sabha — is draconian. It virtually legitimises forcible acquisition of land.”
TMC’s rally against land bill comes in the backdrop of allegations by opposition parties including the Left Front, that both BJP and TMC have a covert understanding as the latter has helped the BJP government in passing bills in the Rajya Sabha.
Senior TMC leader and MP Sougata Roy said it is the party’s consistent policy to oppose against the forcible land acquisition policy.
“It is our consistent policy, we have opposed the bill from the very beginning. There has been no change in our stand against BJP. If any bills come in Parliament, we decide it on the basis of merit,” Roy said.