Himachal CM criticizes Union government for anti-farmer policies

North Gazette News/ New Delhi

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today launched attack on the Union Government for its anti-farmer policies and favouring industrial and corporate sectors at the cost of the farming community. He said Congress party had always been well wisher of the farmers and it would continue its fight for their rights.

He was addressing Kisan Khet Mazdoor rally organized by the Congress party at Ramleela Maidan, New Delhi. Thousands of farmers and Congress party workers across the country participated in the rally to raise their voice against the proposed Land Acquisition Bill of Union Government.

Virbhadra Singh said that the Bhartiya Janata Party government had brought amendments in the Land Acquisition ordinance to benefit industrialists and corporate sector. The Land Acquisition Bill introduced through ordinance, was not only anti-farmer but was also against the soul and spirit of the Right to Fair Compensation Law.

While detailing about the contributions made by Congress Party to the farmers and agricultural labourers Virbhadra Singh said after the country got independence, it was the Congress party which abolished the Jagirdari System through out the country and gave ownership rights to millions of tenant farmers.

Referring to the dubious stand of the BJP, he said that when UPA government introduced Land Acquisition Bill 2013 in Lok Sabha, then BJP being the main opposition party supported and applauded it but now after coming into power, they have scrapped the pro-farmers clauses from the bill.

Irrigation & Public Health Ministe Vidya Stokes, Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Transport Minister G.S Bali, Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania, Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Dr. (Col) Dhaniram Shandil, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma and other senior leaders of the party and MLA’s also participated in the rally.