Fourteen political parties came together to oppose the amendments made to the Land Acquisition bill by the UPA government that gives it more teeth and allows it to acquire land without getting permission of land owner in 5 set of different conditions.
Sonia Gandhi, President of the Congress Party headed the morcha which had a very large attendance and brought traffic to a halt of Delhi roads. Party leaders of other parties like Janata Dal (United) also addressed the rally.
In a joint memorandum issued by the parties Modi was called “anti- farmer”.
Sonia Gandhi said that they would fight the amendments tooth and nail and would not let the farmers of the country suffer.
Sharad Yadav, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, also spoke. He declared that all right minded parties have got together for a right cause and would not look back now.
“This is a ‘bigul’ being sounded for a long and righteous fight. Modi government is under notice that we shall not tolerate injustice being meted out to the farming community. Indian farmers have made us proud by making the nation self sufficient in food and instead of being grateful we cannot grab land from him like this government proposes to do” said Sharad.
Ex PM, Manmohan Singh was also part of the morcha. They handed over a memorandum to the President.
When the Delhi Police Commissioner was asked why the morcha was not stopped since they had not taken permission, he replied “if people sit in dharna or create disturbance police can stop them. How can we prevent people from just walking?”
This morning, the government intervened to allow the opposition protest march after the Delhi police declared that the lawmakers could not collect at Parliament House as the area is under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which prohibits the assembly of more than four persons, when Parliament is in session.