Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met Anna at Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi last evening. Later talking to reporters, Mr Sisodia said that they are going to join Anna’s protest, as they were opposed to the ordinance right from the beginning.
Anna Hazare began his protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi yesterday. He said that the government took the ordinance route on land acquisition which is not a good sign for healthy democracy. Condemning the move, Anna said, it will be harmful to the farmers and will end up benefiting the corporate houses. He said, their agitation is not against any person or party.
Terming the Narendra Modi-led government’s Land Acquisition Bill as anti-farmer, Anna said, if the government does not take the ordinance back, then the people will also continue their agitation. The social activist also hinted at a bigger agitation at the Ramlila ground if the government did not heed his demands on the issue. Activists Rajendra Singh, Aruna Roy, Medha Patekar, P V Rajagopal and former RSS ideologue K Govindacharya are also likely to join Anna’s agitation.
Anna has been demanding withdrawal of amendments in the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 while the government claimed that the amendments are aimed at speeding up development projects. The Act stipulates mandatory consent of at least 70 per cent of land owners for acquiring land for Public Private Partnership, PPP projects and 80 per cent for acquiring land for private companies.