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Hazare's month-long march against land bill starts on March 25

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Wardha (Maharashtra), March 9: Social activist An Hazare announced Monday a month-long, 2,100-km long “padayatra” from Wardha to Delhi from March 25 against the controversial land acquisition bill. The 77-year-old made the announcement after meeting farmers’ representatives as well as close associates including Aam Aadmi Party’s Yogendra Yadav and activists Medha Patkar and Rajendra Singh. The march will start on March 25 and end on April 27 at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, a favourite venue for political protests. Before launching the protest, Hazare will travel to revolutiory leader Bhagat Singh’s village in Punjab and pay homage on his martyrdom anniversary on March 23.

Speaking to the media, Hazare made it clear that “violence will not be tolerated at any cost, otherwise the march will be suspended.” He also said no political leader would be permitted to share the stage at Ramlila ground. He lashed out at the central government over its “anti-farmer” provisions in the bill and said it was ucceptable to the farming community. “There is nothing in the bill which can benefit the farmers. (ians)

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