Power Minister says CM believes farmers land should not be acquired forcibly and fertile land should not be acquired at all
A day after land acquisition protest turned violent in Rewari district with farmers clashing with the police,Haryana Power Minister said on Monday that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda believed that farmers land should not be acquired forcibly and in fact,fertile land should not be acquired at all. Further,Hooda is set to meet a delegation of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti,which is spearheading the agitation,in New Delhi on July 25 to discuss the matter.
Over 50 people,including policemen,had sustained injuries as villagers clashed with the police and set fire to state-run buses on national highway 8 in Bawal town on Sunday. The clash started when the mahapanchayat called by Kisan Sangharsh Samiti decided to block the Delhi-Jaipur Highway,reportedly forcing the police to intervene. The farmers were holding a mahapanchayat to protest against the acquisition of over 3,500 acres by the state government for setting up an industrial estate in Asalwas village near Bawal.
Describing the clash as extremely unfortunate,Power Minister Captain Ajay Yadav said on Sunday: After hearing about yesterdays incident,I came to Chandigarh from Shimla and met the chief minister. He is ready for talks on the issue and believes that farmers land should not be acquired forcibly. In fact,fertile land should not at all be acquired.
I have always been against land acquisition and have also urged the chief minister to hear the farmers view and not acquire their land without their consent. The chief minister also told me that land acquisition in Rewari has not reached the Section 9 notification stage and thus,he is ready to hold talks with the farmers. I also appeal to the farmers not to resort to violent agitations and rather resolve the issues by way of dialogue. I am always with the farmers. The farmers should not act under anybodys influence and maintain peace and harmony, he added.
Meanwhile,Rewari Deputy Commissioner C G Rajnikanthan held a meeting with the representatives of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti and appealed to the farmers not to disrupt the law and order and convey their demands in a peaceful manner to the state government. The district administration can only act as a medium of conveying farmers demands to the government. Land acquisition is a matter between the state government and the farmers. The state government has to decide on the issue, Rajnikanthan said.