Broom with a view awaits leadersSangeetha Neeraja
First Published : 07 Apr 2009 02:34:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 07 Apr 2009 08:11:17 AM IST
CHENNAI: Unoin Minister T R Baalu better watch out.
Residents of Lakshmi Nagar, who have received notices for land acquisition, are readying broomsticks to be hung from doorways to welcome politicians visiting them to seek votes.
The not-so-affluent residents of Lakshmi Nagar near the airport had bought land in instalments with their hard earned money.
Most of them, Dalits from villages around Chennai, had been daily wage earners and had moved into the locality that now falls under the Sriperumbudur constituency to lead a better life.
But in December 2007, under 3(2) section of the Tamil Nadu Land Acquisition for Industrial Purpose Act, 1997, the government served notices to acquire their land for a parallel runway to the existing primary runway.
“We didn’t rob anybody. We worked hard day in and day out and bought this land. If they knew about this expansion plan, why did they give patta to our land? If anybody comes to ask for votes, our broomsticks will speak,” said a visibly agitated Nagamma. Seconding her, other women chorused,
“We are planning to hang broomsticks in front of our houses to welcome the