Kolayat Land acquisition takes Political color in Rajasthan

Bikaner's Kolayat Land acquisition takes Political color in Rajasthan when dozens of BJP leaders join protest. Farmers agitation against land acquisition in Kolayat in Bikaner district started on a violent note on Tuesday when thousands of protesters clashed with police and smashed a couple of government vehicles. The farmers led by local MLA and former minister Devi Singh Bhati were demanding better compensation for their lands acquired by the state government and a rehabilitation package on the lines of that given by the neighbouring Haryana government. “Rajasthan government is applying the land acquisition Act that was framed by the British for colonial India to axe the farmers’ interests. This will not be tolerated,” the legislator said addressing the peasants’ Maha Padav (mass gathering) at Kolayat.
The state government initiated a process to acquire nearly 8000 bigha of agricultural land in six villages of Kolayat tehsil in February this year. The land is to be handed over to the Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited and a Hyderabad-based private company for a thermal power plant. To protest against the government thousands of people, including farmers, labourers, women and BJP workers started assembling outside the Kolayat tehsil office since early Tuesday. Braving the scorching heat, the protestors were pouring in at the Maha Padav site travelling in buses, jeeps, tractors and other vehicles from all over the district. They shouted slogans against the Ashok Gehlot-government, terming it “anti-farmer”. State BJP general secretary Satish Punia, Ratangarh MLA Rajkumar Rinwa, Khajuwala MLA Vishwa Nath, Bikaner West MLA Gopal Joshi and other BJP leaders were present.