The CPI will stage a nation-wide protest against the Land Acquisition Bill on May 14 through a “jail bharo” agitation, party general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said here today.
Reddy said after the party’s state council meeting here that the CPI wanted the Land Acquisition Ordinance to be depromulgated in the interest of farmers and masses.
“We are not against industrialisation, but the way the Centre is promoting it by bringing the Land Amendment Bill can’t be accepted. We will hold protest-demonstrations across the country on May 14 through jail bharo movement,” he said.
Describing the Land Acquisition Ordinance as “atrocious and against people”, Reddy said his party had also taken up a series of programmes protesting against the anti-people, pro-rich and pro-corporate policies of the Modi government.
Reddy also slammed the BJP government for giving tax concession to the rich and the corporate sector.
“The Modi wave is on the wane because of its pro-rich and pro-corporate anti-people policies. Instead of rectifying its policies, the Modi government is adamant on snatching land from the poor farmers to satisfy the industrialists,” Reddy said.
“We will fight against all these anti-people policies along with other Left parties,” he said.
He also said that the Centre should make use of barren lands and land under government’s possession to allocate it for industries instead of forcefully relinquishing fertile land of farmers.
He charged BJP leaders in Parliament with not allowing the Opposition to function and suppressing their voices. “The Centre should abide by the Constitution and respect the clause ‘Right to Speech’,” he said.
Alleging that the Sangh Parivar issued a stricture against eating beef, Reddy described it as “an attack on people’s food habit. This will not only affect the food habit of the Muslims but food habits of several other communities too.”
To a question, if he would invite West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to their agitation, Reddy said, “Independently our party has given a call for movement against Land Acquisition Bill and Land Acquisition Ordinance.”