Delhi(DNA): Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the government is for the super-rich and is anti-farmers.
Addressing a rally at Jantar Mantar, Kejriwal said, “The people of this country voted for the Modi government with a lot of hope and trust, but in the last one year, farmers feel that the Narendra Modi-government is against them.”
Questioning whether the government had ever sat with the farmers and asked them if they wanted to sell their land, Kejriwal added, “The Narendra Modi government is not for the poor and farmers. This ordinance (Land ordinance) has been brought in for the ‘super rich’.”
He further added, “Why was there a need for an ordinance on Land Bill? Ordinances are meant for emergencies. What was the emergency?”
“The need of the hour is that all the farmers of the nation should come together. We will not let land to be taken away from farmers in Delhi without their consent. The Centre should implement the Swaminathan report. I have asked the Chief Secretary to find out if we can implement it in Delhi,” he said.
“AAP will raise three points: a) consent of farmer for taking land; b) implementation of Swaminathan report; and c) proper compensation far destroyed crops,” added Kejriwal.
Earlier in the day, AAP threatened to widen its stir against the Centre if it goes ahead with the contentious land bill as party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a rally here against the legislation.
“Narendra Modi government has been pursuing anti-farmer and anti-poor policies because he has been obliged by the big industrialist, now it is time to pay them back,” senior leader Ashutosh said.
The Aam Aadmi Party was today taking out a rally at Jantar Mantar that would be addressed by Kejriwal. It will also stage a march towards Parliament though AAP chief is not likely to join it.
“We warn Modi and his government that AAP will not let that happen and today thousands of farmers are coming from all across the country to register their protest and to tell the government that if it doesn’t stop the Bill from becoming law there would be an all India movement and they would teach the government a lesson,” Ashutosh said.
Lashing out at the Centre, party leader Sanjay Singh said the party will fight against the “deadly Act” tooth and nail.
The party said farmers from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Haryana, Odisha, Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal belt of Uttar Pradesh are participating in the rally to protest against the Bill.
“The BJP says that they have made necessary changes in the Act. This is nothing but a joke. What compelled the BJP to change the provisions of the Act, just after nine months in power. This is nothing but a move to benefit its industrialist friends,” Singh said.