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Holding the Bharatiya Janata Party governments at the Centre and in Haryana responsible for a four-pronged attack on the farmers and landowners, senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday declared that a “Jai Kisan Abhiyan” would be launched across the State from February 21.
During the campaign, the party leaders and workers will make representations before district officials and present a salt bag to all the Members of Parliament to remind them of their responsibility towards the people.
Addressing a press conference, Mr. Yadav said the farmers in particular have been hit hard by four anti-people decisions of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana.
The AAP national spokesperson said the four things which have impacted the farmers of Haryana are shortage of urea, their not getting the promised minimum support price for their produce, changes brought about in the Land Acquisition Bill through an ordinance and the Haryana Government’s lowering of the acquisition rates through a notification issued on November 4.
Mr. Yadav charged that it was primarily a decision taken by the Modi government on coming to power last May which is responsible for the shortage of urea across the country.
“It is not that there is shortage of urea in the country due to a natural calamity or industrial failure, but farmers are suffering because the Modi government stopped urea import orders after coming to power. The imports dropped from nearly 44 lakh tonnes in June-October 2013 to just 17.5 lakh tonnes in the same period in 2014.”
He asked if this was done to deregulate urea and to bring the private players into the sector and sought a judicial probe into the matter.
Talking about minimum support prices, Mr. Yadav urged the BJP to keep its promise of paying 50 per cent over cost to the farmers in Haryana. “But in reality, the procurement rates have gone up by a mere 1 to 2 per cent over last year, which means that considering inflation it has actually come down,” he said.
Moreover, he quipped that “as per Haryana Government statistics, the Centre has declared a lower MSP than Haryana’s cost of production”.
Farmers, he said, have also got a raw deal in the Land Acquisition Ordinance brought by the Centre.
“The Bill said social assessment will happen but they created exempted categories through which even an elephant can pass. It said if land not used for five years would be returned, but now the clause of project period has been introduced which can even be 50 years. It said old land would be acquired at new rates, but too has now changed.”
Finally, Mr. Yadav said the farmers have been hit by change in the land acquisition rates which has been halved by the Khattar government.
Mr. Yadav said the Aam Aadmi Party would not allow even one piece of land to be acquired across Haryana at this new reduced rate. “We will not allow any acquisition as per the new rates – we will fight to the end in every way to oppose it,” he declared.
As for the protest action that has been planned ahead of the Budget Session of the Lok Sabha, he said the salt bag would first be presented to Gurgaon MP and Minister Rao Inderjit Singh on February 21.