Mangaluru: Criticizing the Narendra Modi-led NDA government for passing the latest ordinance to amend the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, former union minister and veteran Congress leader B Janardhan Poojary said that the BJP government was set on ruining the nation’s economy and lives of farmers by bringing the ordinance.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said that the former UPA government had brought an amendment to the Land Acquisition Act to prevent farmers from committing suicide. About 75 percent of people in the country, including farmers, live in rural areas. All the provisions in the ordinance related to rehabilitation and compensation are anti-farmer, he lashed against the NDA government for the ordinance which would harm the interests of the farmers.
Mr Poojary also criticised the Labour ordinance passed by the union government for depriving lakhs of labourers of benefits from the industries they worked for. The government is more keen on protecting the interests of the corporates. The BJP government will face a setback if they choose to go against the interests of the people, he warned, adding that the Congress had also suffered defeat when they failed in doing so.
He said it was the responsibility of Prime Minister to protect the interests of the people. There is a need for the BJP to contemplate on delivering the promises made by the party in its manifesto, he said.
When asked about the launch of a new Hindutva organisation formed by a Congress member in Puttur, Mr Poojary said that the organisation went against the secular principles of Congress party. Such activities can be called anti-party, he added.