Congress flexes muscle against ‘anti-farmer’ bill, workers clash with police

Raising slogans of 'Kisan Virodhi Narendra Modi', Congress took out a protest march at Jantar Mantar.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2015 2:10 am
youth-protest The foot march began on Friday from Bhatta-Parsaul village in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida district and reached Rajghat in the capital on Sunday night. ( Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Congress on Monday staged a protest against the NDA government’s move to amend the land acquisition Act, and termed it “anti-farmer”.
Raising slogans such as “‘Kisan Virodhi Narendra Modi” against the Prime Minister, the party workers led by senior leaders Jairam Ramesh, Raj Babbar, Randeep Surjewala and Youth Congress leader Amrinder Singh Raja Brar held protest at Jantar Mantar. The foot-march against the proposed amendments had started on Friday from Bhatta-Parsaul village in Greater Noida and reached Rajghat Sunday night.

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The protest, however, was marked by a clash between Congress workers and the police. Police used batons and water canons to disperse the protesters, leading to injuries to some Congress workers, including Brar, when they tried to break barricades at Jantar Mantar and proceed towards Parliament. “(Our) fight will go on, both in Parliament and outside against the amendments. We will keep fighting against it,” Ramesh said, while Babbar criticised the government’s move to “do away” with the consent clause in the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
“We are completely against the amendments.

In the (proposed) law, farmers don’t have the right to take decisions regarding their own land. Even if I take a mere pen from you, I will ask you. Then how come a farmer, for whom land is his mother, is being asked to hand it over to someone else (without consent)” Babbar asked.

cong-leaders-main Senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh, Ambika Soni, Ahmed Patel addressed the protesters who gathered at Jantar Mantar. (Source: Express Photo)

Surjewala said the agitation launched by Congress along with farmers will “unmask” the government’s “anti-farmer face”.

“This is India Youth Congress’ (IYC) rally from Bhatta-Parsaul to Parliament. Modi’s black law will disappear. BJP’s anti-farmer face will be unmasked. Both Congress and farmers will win,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi slammed the administration for using “high-handed” and “brutal” methods against the protesters.

“Over 50 persons are injured and over 500 party workers detained at Parliament Street Police Station… It is not going to do away (with the protest). The Government cannot wish it away. It is not restricted to Congress and some Opposition parties, the protest has spread even to the NDA allies. It will not remain limited to Delhi. It will spread in every nook and corner of India,” he said.

On being asked about Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s absence during this period, Singhvi said this was an attempt by the government to “divert” attention and talk about his absence, which is a “non issue”.

“Today’s agitation shows Rahul Gandhi is coordinating everything and nothing has stopped,” he added.


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  1. Abdul Khadar
    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:56 pm
    The Land acquisition Act of 1894 was originally ped by the British rulers of India for the purpose of depriving the lands from the NATIVE INDIANS. All of these Draconian Land Acquisition Laws must be Repealed IF INDIA IS A REAL DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY (and not a fake democracy).If The Govt. or any private corporate needs any land belonging to the general public the land has to be purchased through negotiation with the owner of the land in issue and immediately the compensation must be paid. Purchasing an immovable property is not an easy thing for a middle cl or below middle cl person and they have to spend their life time's earnings to purchase a land or house. The 44th Consutional amendment of 1978(Bill No. 88 of 1978) also must be repealed since it deprives the citizens of INDIA from right to have property. I am personally aggrieved by the Land acquisition Act. My land was acquired in the year 1997 and all judicial proceedings are over, all appeals are exhausted by the land acquisition authorities but no compensation received till now .The Land acquisition officers are demanding Huge Bribe amount for releasing the compensation amount. In all land acquisitions the so called Land acquisition officers (Tahsildars) are awarding only a meagre compensation i.e. only 10% to 20% of the real market value. Most of the cases it is 1/100 of the real market value is awarded and you have to approach the courts for getting enhancement of compensation and spend your lifetime in the courts. If you are lucky you will receive the enhanced compensation within a minimum period of 15 years otherwise your legal heirs only will get benefited by the enhanced compensation. There are Thousands of land acquisition cases pending before various courts throughout the country for more than decades. The price of all lands situated throughout the country is increasing uniformly in accordance with the inflation of our country. The buying power and currency value of our country is getting decreased day by day. Every land which is being acquired through any Land acquisition Act ped by the Legislature of any state situated within the Territory of India is an Integral part of the Indian Union .The compensation given to THE LAND LOSERS must be uniform throughout India regarding the solatium and interest and must be in accordance with the Central Laws which are providing higher value. The rulers of each state in India is ping new land acquisition laws according to their whims and fancies and without bothering about the magnitude of loss created to the LAND LOSER. Such type of Draconian Laws are awarding only a meagre compensation for the lands acquired through them (for example The Tamil Nadu Land Acquisition for Harijan welfare schemes Act ped in the year 1978, this act provides very meagre solatium and interest which is contradictory to the Central Act of 1894 which was amended in 1984 regarding the enhanced solatium and interest ). All the Land acquisition Acts which are being ped by the various State Legislatures of our country which are awarding lesser solatium and interest and not in accordance with the central law must be repealed. The New Land Acquisition Act is containing the ingredients for depriving the Lands of The ordinary people of our Nation easily and to transfer them to the Rich corporates. It will lead to new corruptions in the already corrupt Revenue departments of Indian States. Since there are millions of Acres of waste Lands belonging to the Government scattered throughout India the waste government lands can be utilized for the Industrialization purposes and there is no need to deprive the lands of the people and land acquisition acts are not necessary for our country. If this act is ped ordinary poor, middle cl and illiterate Indian citizens who does not having political influence or money will be driven to irreparable loss injury besides hardship. Finally Citizens of India will lose their faith on the present Government.
    1. A
      Mar 16, 2015 at 9:45 pm
      It should be FARMERS who should protest ......... not Congress or SP or JD etc. .......... farmers should come together ......................... BTW, there is a ROAD MAP of India being taken over by Western Cartels with the help of Indian Corporates and Politicians, whether Govt. or opposition .................. in the END every party will make DRAMA of Nationalism but will play the Western Tunes eventually , BJP was so NATIONALIST before election and now they are selling India as hot cakes at discounted price ............... it for the PEOPLE to protest and fight and not to depend UP ON any political party ................... if there is to be any impact ....................................
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        manoj mago
        Mar 16, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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          sudhir chopda
          Mar 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm
          The new land aquisition ordinance 2015 included 13 acts including pipelines act and electricity act into the purview of land acquisition and rehabilitation. So if the government wants to aquir land for electricity poles or underground pipelines government will pay same amount of compensation as for other purposes. So it is a wrong thing. Land acquisition for pipelines and electricity poles are entirely different things compared to other can still use that land for agriculture and other purposes.I think electricity act and pipelines act should be kept out of purview of land acquisition and rehabilitation act. The land acquisition and rehabilitation act says that all the affected families by land aquisition will get Rs 500000 as one time payment or permanent job or Rs 2000 per month for 20 years as rehabilitation and resettlement package. Suppose there is a farmland and 2 families are dependent on it. If goverment want to put an electricity pole on this farmland then Rs 5 lakh will be given to each family and cost of acquisition will be Rs 10 lakh for one electricity pole, which is very very very high. so there is need to amend this ordinence to solve this anomaly otherwise not even a single project of electricity transmission or pipeline will no be completed. There should be separate law for acquisition of land for electricity poles and pipelines.