Chandigarh, August 9: Thousands of Special Economic Zone affected farmers led by Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Secretary General & Rajya Sabha MP, Mr Ajay Singh Chautala protested at Parliament House , New Delhi today.
Senior INLD leader Mr Ajay Singh Chautala, INLD Haryana state president, Mr Ashok Arora, former Deputy Speaker, Mr Gopi Chand Gehlot, Mr Sher Singh Barshayami, Dr K.C. Bangar and thousands of protesting farmers from adjoining Haryana districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Jhajhhar & Sonipat were also arrested at Jantar Mantar on their way to Parliament House.
INLD also submitted a memorandum to President, demanding for farmers demands. The memorandum called for cancellation of Reliance SEZ deal, high level investigation into the corrupt deal and halting the mad race to establishing SEZs.
While addressing the farmers, Mr Ajay Singh Chautala said that the Haryana state government is working as employee of Reliance, rather than serving the people of the state. He said that rather than listening to the grievances of the public in their offices, Deputy Commissioners & SPs of the districts are getting the wall constructed for the Reliance SEZ.
INLD leader said that fertile land has been handed over to Reliance for petty amount and the government has done corruption of Rs 1 Lakh Crore in this deal only. INLD leader said that Reliance SEZ is the biggest scam of nation and the land has been transferred to Reliance for Rs 290 crores only against the market price of Rs 1 lakh crore. He said that some years ago, four acre land of village Manesar was sold by HSIIDC at the price of Rs 72 crore per acre, where as more costly land is being transferred at Rs 15-20 Lakh per acre.
INLD MP said that if the land had been sold at the market price, the loans of all the farmers of the country could have been fully waived off. He offered the INLD’s offer of total loan waiver, if INLD’s demand was met. He charged Hooda government of being bent upon ruining the farmers for benefiting some select big business houses. He said that all the focus of the government seems to be on how to benefit the bigger business houses like Reliance and how to exploit the poor peasantry.
Mr Chautala said that government has left all moral & ethical inhibitions and instead of government Messes, the Reliance is running its ‘free Lungar’ in Rewari & Gurgaon police lines. The government has surrendered all its authority to Reliance in the districts. He also criticized the deteriorating law & order situation of the state.
INLD leader said that all the forcibly acquired lands aimed at benefitting the big colonizers would be restored to their rightful owners. He also condemned the government acquisitions in Rai(Sonipat) in garb of Rajiv Gandhi Education City.
INLD state president Mr Ashok Arora & other INLD leaders also addressed the farmers.