Receiving death threats from Canada: Anna Hazare
Mumbai, March 23: Social activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare on Monday said that he is receiving life threatening calls from an unknown caller from Canada, says media reports.
"Got threat calls from Canada, I was told that I will be killed in the same way as Godse assassinated Gandhiji," Hazare was quoted as saying in media reports.
On Sunday, Anna accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "misleading" farmers on land acquisition Bill.
Responding to Modi's argument 'Mann ki Baat', that the opposition parties were "misleading" farmers, the 77-year-old anti-corruption activist said "Modi has been misleading the farmers himself over the Land Acquisition Bill."
Hazare said Modi was watching others with "coloured glasses" and "this bill itself was misleading."
The activist said the NDA government at the Centre was "misleading" people over the bill and the head of the government (Modi) has been leveling allegations on others for misleading the farmers."
"This bill is not going to help farmers, but the big corporates only," he said.
If the Modi government's intentions are so clear and it wants to help the farmers then why it did not oppose the land acquisition bill in 2013 presented by the UPA-2, he asked.
"I failed to understand why this party (BJP) had supported 2013 bill in Parliament and now why it has been opposing it," he said.
Hazare said if the government wants to help the farmers then it should conduct a survey of the categories (A,B ,C) of the land and the land which is not suitable for the agricultural purpose be acquired and not the cultivable land.
In the 2013 bill there was provision of taking the consent of farmers, but in this bill there is no such provision and how it will help farmers, he questioned.
"I wrote the letter to 25 opposition parties of the country to support me in my crusade to save farmers," Anna said.
(With agency inputs)