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Modi government worse than UPA, says Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi(PTI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the Narendra Modi government has proved to be worse than the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government that ruled India for 10 straight years before the BJP stormed to power last year.

Delhi Chief Minister

Kejriwal was speaking at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar where he joined his former mentor and social activist Anna Hazare’s two-day agitation against a controversial amendment to the Land Acquisition Act passed by the UPA government in 2013.

“This government is worse than the UPA. It will bring in provisions more stringent that the Congress to become the brokers for the rich and the powerful,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader said in his address to thousands of farmers and activists.

“The people of India will teach a good lesson to the anti-farmer government. My government will not allow anybody to grab the land of the people,” Kejriwal said, adding, “Due to such anti-people policies, the people of Delhi taught both the BJP and the Congress a lesson in Delhi elections.”

Calling Anna his guru, Kejriwal said he has invited the 77-year-old Gandhian to his secretariat on Wednesday. “We will be obliged,” Kejriwal, who had come to Jantar Mantar with all the 66 other AAP MLAs in a massive show of solidarity, said.

Incidentally, Anna had earlier said the leaders from the AAP and the Congress are welcome to join his anti-NDA agitation at Jantar Mantar, but will not be allowed to share the stage with him. “Otherwise people will think the demonstration is being done by political parties,” he had said.

The Anna-Kejriwal bonhomie came on the day the Modi government introduced the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 which seeks to replace the ordinance promulgated by the NDA government on December 30, 2014.

An outraged opposition led by the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha raising slogans against the amendment to the 2013 law passed by the then Manmohan Singh government.

The government had promulgated the ordinance making significant changes in the Land Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas — industrial corridors, Public Private Partnership projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.

In a meeting of BJP MPs on Tuesday, Modi is reported to have defended the amendment to the Land Acquisition Act passed by the UPA government in 2013. “Do not go on back foot over the issue. We will welcome good suggestions during the debate and are ready for amendments,” he is reported to have said at the meeting.

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