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Mayawati plans nation-wide agitation against land ordinance

Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati announced here on Wednesday a countrywide programme of agitation by the party against the land acquisition ordinance and the policies and programmes of the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government.

The first phase of the programme will start on April 27 in Uttar Pradesh, where the Assembly election is due in 2017. “Dharnas and other modes of protest will be organised at all district headquarters in the State from 11 a.m. that day,” Ms. Mayawati told presspersons.

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She said the agitation in Uttar Pradesh would focus on the ordinance, the plight of farmers affected by unseasonal rain and hailstorm and the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the three years of the Samajwadi Party government in the State.

On May 2, the protest would be held in other States, she said. The second phase of the agitation would be finalised after assessing the Centre’s stand on the ordinance.

Describing the amendments being brought to the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, as “anti-farmer,” Ms. Mayawati said the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre was “pro-capitalist” and “pro-rich”. “The conduct, character and face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party-led government is totally antagonistic to the poor, farmers and the common people; it appears to be wedded to the interests of capitalists and the corporate world,” she said.

The Centre planned to revoke several provisions in the Land Acquisition Act, 2013. Referring to the nine fresh amendments proposed, Ms. Mayawati said these were ordinary amendments. “The farmers are angry and feeling agitated,” she said.

Accusing the Uttar Pradesh government of making hollow announcements, she regretted that many farmers had died after suffering massive crop loss on account of unseasonal rains and hailstorm. The formula for fixing compensation should be changed as “no benefit accrued to the farmers now”.

To finalise the strategy for the agitation, Ms. Mayawati conducted a meeting of BSP office-bearers on Wednesday.

Source : The Hindu

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