Anna Hazare questions Modi wave, launches 2-day dharna against land ordinance

New Delhi(web team): Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said he should introspect why he was defeated by Arvind Kejriwal.

“Narendra Modi should introspect as to why he was defeated by Arvind Kejriwal. Where is his wave, when he got only 3 seats out of 70?” he asked.

Criticising Modi over the black money issue, Anna added, “Modi gave many assurances promising that each of us will get Rs 15 lakh, but we did not even get Rs 15.”

Anna Hazare, who shook the then UPA government three years ago with his anti-corruption crusade, was back in the capital today on a two-day dharna protesting against the land ordinance promulgated by the Modi government, accusing it of being pro-corporate.

A “jail-bharo (fill the jails)” movement will be launched from the Ramlila ground here in three to four months at the end of a “padyatra” across the country, the 77-year-old Gandhian announced at Jantar Mantar, the capital’s reserved spot for agitations.

Attacking the land ordinance, Hazare said the BJP had promised “acche din” (good days) to the people during the elections but good days had come only to corporates.

“This is a land grab. Britishers used to do it. Today’s government is worst than the British regime. Even Britishers did not met out so much of injustice to farmers,” he 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 use.

“The 2013 Land Acquisition Act said unless 70 per cent of the villagers where the land has to be acquired give their consent, the land cannot be acquired. But this government removed this provision. This has been done for the benefit of corporates.

“Before the elections, the people were promised ‘acche din’ (good days), they trusted (the party) and voted for them.

Today they are forcibly taking away the land from farmers. So the ‘acche din’ are for the corporates not for the common man,” Hazare said.

Slamming the Centre for the “unjust and undemocratic” law, he said the ordinance must be withdrawn immediately.

“After Independence, this is for the first time, the farmers are facing so much of injustice under the current government after it brought the ordinance on the Land Acquisition,” he said.

(With agecny input)