Bhubaneswar: Dubbing the BJP-led NDA government’s ordinance for amending Land Acquisition Act as anti-farmer and anti-tribal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday said it seeks to benefit big companies, harming the interest of the people.

“In its bid to favour big corporate houses, the NDA government opted for ordinance route which seeks to bring anti-farmer and anti-tribal amendments in the land law, ignoring the Parliament,” AAP’s national spokesperson Sanjay Singh told reporters here.

Stating that the acquisition of land in a forcible manner without conducting proper social impact study to placate big companies would be a severe blow to agriculture, Singh said, adding, measures taken by the Narendra Modi government would destroy farming as well as the environment.

The ordinance would not only diminish the compensation for farmers but also divert vast farm land to non-agricultural activities in future, said Singh, who is also member of AAP’s Political Affairs Committee.

Referring to farmer-friendly measures taken by AAP government in Delhi, he said the decision to give Rs 50,000 compensation per crop loss per hectare of land was historic.

In a bid to safeguard the interests of farmers and tribals and protect their right over land, AAP is organising a rally on April 22 in Delhi in which many workers and activists from across the country would participate, he said.

Coming down heavily on BJD government in Odisha, Singh said now people have no alternative as they find the Congress hopeless and BJP unacceptable because of its communal agenda. “However, within a year AAP will strengthen its base in Odisha to emerge as a viable alternative.”

On rift in AAP, Singh said it is a democratic party where majority opinion prevailed in its national council. The national council has decided that all differences would be resolved within the party, he said.

The AAP leader said the party would strengthen its organisation in states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Punjab, Odisha, Haryana and Gujarat.

Singh also inaugurated the state party mouthpiece ‘Ama Kranti’ a weekly political news letter, and led a protest march against the land ordinance. 

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