New Delhi: Modi-led NDA Government at the Centre has opted for a major climb-down on the Land Acquisition Bill and efforts are now on to ensure the passage of a much diluted Bill at the fag end of the ongoing monsoon session of Lok Sabha.
There are indications that the Government is ready to drop key amendments in the land Acquisition Bill.
In the meanwhile a meeting ground on the vexed Land Acquisition issue was being sought to be created by certain opposition parties, including Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal, Nationalist Congress Party and Samajwadi Party. Their managers were engaged in close door maneuvres yesterday to build pressure on Lok sabha Speaker sumitra mahajn to revoke the suspendion of 25 Congress MPs. A positive response to this by the Speaker will pave the pave for the passage of the diluted Land Acquisition Bill it was beingpointed out by some Opposition MPs.
On Tuesday, the zero hour in Lok Sabha was marked by a boycott by Congress and other leading Opposition parties.
Bengaluru: Ruling Bharatiya Janata party President Amit Shah today launched a blistering attack on Congress party saying that it is bent upon spreading confusion about the Land Acquisition Bill. Goading those in the Congress, the BJP president said that they should be more concerned about their own leader (Congress vice president Rahula Gandhi) and his prolonged absence from the scene instead of constantly being on a fault finding mission against the central Government.
Mr. Shah was inaugurating the two-day National Executive Meet of the BJP at Hotel Ashoka here. Mr. Shah reietrated his party’s commitment to the cause of the farmers and told party workes to rally support for the land acquisition Bill. He said that the party rank and file should play an active role in setting right the public perception when the opposition is going about telling people that the Bill is anti-farmer. To meet this objective, the BJP has decided to hold nationwide rallies and the take-off rally will be in Ranchi on May 6.
Talking to journalists, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, quoted the party president and said that the the Congress has “looted” the farmers all these years since Independence and now the party is talking of farmers’ interests. He also said that Prime Minister Modi wants BJP leaders to engage in non-political activities. The Modi government will remain in power for the next 20 years and the government will be focusing on the “clean India Campaign”, he added.
Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior party leader LK Advani and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were seated on the dais during the inaugural session.
Neemuch (Madhya Pradesh): Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who was on a tour of Neemuch in Western Madhya Pradesh today to take stock of the ground situation and the plight of the hail-hit farmers said that she does not think it is necessary to offer any reaction to Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s remark targeting her (over her white skin) since it smacks of his low mindset.
Ms. Gandhi, who went on foot to inspect the agricultural piece of land belonging to a widow Geeta Bai, who is a marginal farmer and has lost her husband and a son, said that the Congress party is committed and will do everything to ensure the farmers get relief.
The Congress President also voiced opposition to the Narendra Modi led central Government’s proposed Land Acquisition Bill and said that the Congress party will not compromise the interests of the farmers.
New Delhi: A toned down version of the Land Acquisition Bill–with nine amendments but without the consent or the social impact assessment clause – was passed by Lok Sabha today. There was furore over the ruling side’s reluctance to consider the Opposition stand especially on the question of social impact and the Bill was passed with Congress staging a walkout.
BJP’s ally Shiv Sena abstained from voting.
In fact the Opposition had moved 53 amendments but none were passed. To accommodate the Opposition the Centre moved the amendment for a “hassle-free” mechanism for redressal of grievance and doing away with the exemption to social infrastructure projects in the PPP mode.
According to former Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran, “In the event that the government is unable to actually get any voting done before the Rajya Sabha and as it has happened with regard to the MMDR Bill, then actually they will be in a limbo. In such an event, the only course that will be open with the government is to repromulgate the ordinance.”
“Sheer tyranny of majority” led to the passage of the Bill in the Lok Sabha, observed chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.