Anna Hazare to Protest in Jantar Mantar Against Land Ordinance

Published: 15th February 2015 09:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2015 09:07 PM   |  A+A-


In this file photo, social activist Anna Hazare. (PTI)


NEW DELHI: Social activist Anna Hazare will hold a two-day protest at Jantar Mantar later this month against the recent amendments in the Land Acquisition Act by the Centre.           

The agitation will be supported by several farmers' organisations and many other social activists including Medha Patkar will participate in it.     

"The two-day protest starting February 23 will focus on the recent anti-farmers amendments in the Land Acquisition Act made by the Narendra Modi government. Farmer organisations across the country will participate in the agitation. Medha Patkar is also expected to join the agitation," Hazare's office said.

Hazare will reach the national capital on the morning of February 23. Prior to this, he will go to Palwal in Haryana and participate in a farmers' agitation there.

This will be Hazare's first visit to the national capital after the landslide victory of his one time aide and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. The party, however, remained non-committal on its support to Hazare's agitation.       

Incidentally, the AAP too have voiced his opposition to the amendments made in the Land Acquisition Act.    

"We will support Annaji's 'sangharsh'. We respect him. Whatever order he gives, I will follow it. We support his stand and his order is an instruction for us.         

His struggle is, however, away from political parties. Still, I will ask time from him and if he gives me time then I will certainly meet him. I request everyone to support him in his crusade," senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said.          

On December 29 last year, the government had recommended promulgation of an ordinance making significant changes in the Land Acquisition Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas of industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.  

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