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'How can government take away irrigated land of farmers?': Anna Hazare

Hazare said, "How can the government take away the irrigated land of the farmers? The Land Acquisition Bill is anti-people," he said.

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Updated:February 23, 2015, 12:54 PM IST
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'How can government take away irrigated land of farmers?': Anna Hazare
Hazare said, "How can the government take away the irrigated land of the farmers? The Land Acquisition Bill is anti-people," he said.
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New Delhi: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, who is protesting on Monday at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the Land Acquisition Bill, has objected to the provision of government taking away irrigated land of the farmers.

Just before starting his protest at Jantar Mantaer in New Delhi, Hazare said, "How can the government take away the irrigated land of the farmers? The Land Acquisition Bill is anti-people," he said.

He reiterated that he will not allow any political party, including the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members to share the dais. However, he said he will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal because he is a chief minister.

"I will meet Arvind Kejriwal in evening as the CM of Delhi, not as an individual," he said.

Hazare is protesting the changes in the Land Acquisition Act. "The land ordinance is against the farmers. In an agriculturally dominated nation, when there is torture on farmers, then all the people should stand united," he said.

The 77-year-old Gandhian said that Rahul can join the movement but would have to sit among the public and not on the stage. He also said that whether his former team member Kejriwal can join the protest but whether his constitutional post would be respected for him to be given space on the stage would be decided at a meeting he is holding on Monday. "If everybody decides that Arvind should sit on the stage, then I don't have any problem," Hazare said.

Bracing up to oppose the NDA government in the Budget session of Parliament starting Monday, the Congress said that they will not allow any change in the old Act. "Our stand is clear about the new Land Acquisition Bill. Congress will not tolerate any change in the old Act introduced by the UPA government in 2013. We welcome Anna Hazare's movement. Congress will support him as long as he fights for the cause of farmers," senior party leader Ahmed Patel said.

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