In the burning issue of the controversial Land Bill in Lok Sabha between the Ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress, the latter insists that it wants “no changes” in the 2013 Land Act even as ministers held consultations with political parties to find a way out.
“We do not want any changes in the 2013 Land bill brought by the UPA,” said Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. Responding to the questions of media-persons on the amendment, Kharge said, “Where is the question of accepting amendments when we are saying that there should be no changes in the previous bill.”
According to government sources, after a meeting of the leaders of parties, notwithstanding the stiff opposition of Congress, government will move ahead with consideration and passage of the bill today for which eight hours have been allocated for discussion. Standing firm on ground, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, “We will continue discussions.” Eight hours have been allotted for the discussion on the controversial amendment bill.
Meanwhile, veteran social activist Anna Hazare held a discussion in Wardha with his associates over his planned pad-yatra (foot-march) from Sevagram (in Maharashtra) to Delhi to oppose the land bill. Earlier in the day, the Gandhian leader said, “The government is not thinking about the villages but the cities, the Land Acquisition Bill will benefit the industrialists.” There will be no violence, or damage to the nation’s property, it has to be a peaceful protest, the social activist added.