VIJAYAWADA: Protesting against the proposed amendments to the Land Acquisition Act 2013, the Communist Party of India (CPI) will take up the ‘Jail Bharo’ agitation in 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh on May 14. Left activists will occupy every government office to mark their protest.
Speaking to newsmen here Wednesday, CPI state secretary K Ramakrishna said amendments to the Land Acquisition Act were meant to grab lands from farmers at throwaway prices and give the same to corporates. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was wrong when he said the Act was passed by UP hurriedly.
“The fact is it was one of the few Acts which was thoroughly discussed for two years by the government before it was enacted. Sumitra Mahajan, the present Speaker of Lok Sabha, was the chairperson of one of the standing committees constituted to study the Act,” he explained. Ramakrishna said when the first Land Acquisition Act was brought in by the Britishers, farmers had lost much land. After years of sustained struggle, the new Land Acquisition Act was introduced. Now, PM was trying to amend it to pamper corporates.