Members of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) district organising committee staged a dharna at Gandhi Chowk here on Thursday to protest against the acquisition of fertile land by the State Government in the name of industrialisation and alleged land scams involving Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and his Cabinet colleagues.
Addressing the agitators, SUCI district secretary Bhagwaan Reddy alleged that the Yeddyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party Government came to power by promising farmers and poor people that they would be provided more facilities. But after assuring power, the Government started acquiring fertile land of farmers through the KIADB and started allotting the same to capitalists to open their units. It also started framing policies that would benefit them and started neglecting poor farmers, he said.
Mr. Reddy demanded that instead of acquiring land and allotting it to “capitalists”, the Government should convene a meeting of farmers and investors and decide whether farmers are willing to sell their land and if they want to sell their lands, the compensation amount should be discussed by both parties.