Appealing the party workers and the farmers to remain peaceful during the day-long statewide bandh, barring four major cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot, against the Vibrant Gujarat Investors’ Summit on Saturday, the Congress leaders on Friday warned that the state government would be held responsible if the bandh turned violent.
Addressing mediapersons, state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia said that there was huge anger among the people about the poor law and order condition in the state and inadequate minimum support price (MSP) for cotton and groundnut.
He said that this was the reason why the farmers did not allow ministers in the state government to address functions at several places, particularly in Saurashtra belt, known for cotton and groundnut cultivation.
As for Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), he said that BKS, an extension of the RSS, had come on the payroll of the BJP and hence, it had lost the potential to fight for farmers. BKS, he said, could not go against the dictats of BJP and the RSS.
Vehemently criticising the BJP-led central government, Modhwadia said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working against the interest of the farmers and it was quite evident from the ordinance issued by Modi government for removing certain clauses pertaining to seeking consent of the farmers and village panchayats for acquisition of land from the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement passed by the previous UPA government. He said that the Modi government had also deleted the clauses that made it mandatory for rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers whose land was acquired.
Modhwadia said that this was all done to benefit the corporate houses. The Congress leaders said that the Modi government took the route of bringing an ordinance on it because it was not sure of getting an amendment to the law passed in Rajya Sabha where it was in minority.
“Modi government should have brought an ordinance to prevent farmers suicide. Instead, it brought an ordinance to grab the land of farmers,” he remarked.
He said that what the Gujarat government was showing in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, was not Gujarat. “Let NRIs see real Gujarat by visiting smaller towns and villages,” he stated.
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Shankersinh Vaghela said that the Gujarat government would be held responsible if the bandh turned violent.