The ruling BJP at the Centre was left red-faced on Wednesday evening when its much talked about Kisaan Rally in Dwarka turned out to be a flop show.
In a major embarrassment to the BJP, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, who reached the venue two hours late, addressed a gathering of approximately 500 people. The party had made arrangements for about 5,000 people at the venue. Intrestingly, party’s parliamentarians, Dr Udit Raj and Dr Harsh Vardhan, gave the rally a miss, but five other city MPs Parvesh Verma, Ramesh Bidhuri, Meenakshi Lekhi, Maheish Girri and Manoj Tiwari attended the Gadkari rally.
Addressing farmers, Mr Gadkari emphasised that the new Land Acquisition policy of Central government will take full care of their interests. “The government will not undertake land acquisition for private companies. The government will acquire the land only for defence, rural infrastructure, cheap housing and government industrial corridors,” said Mr Gadkari.
The rally was organised by the Delhi BJP to clarify the Central government’s stand on land acquisition and apprise them about the efforts being made by the Central government for the development of farmers and about the compensation being given by the Central government for damage by untimely rains.
As Mr Gadkari reached at the venue at around 8.30 pm, two hours late by his schedule, most of the audience had left. “The government will pay compensation up to four times higher than the prevailing market prices and the proof of government’s intention is that during last 10 months, the Central government has paid compensation up to three times above the prevailing market rates while acquiring land for transport and power ministries,” added Mr Gadkari.
He said that the Central government would also ensure that along with compensation every farmer’s family gets one job. To protect farmers, it has been decided that land can be acquired only within one km of rail line for industrial corridors.
He further emphasised that the government would make farmers self-dependent who will not have to see towards sky for every crop. We will take good education to every village so that rural people too can contribute to nation building.
The Asian Age