United opposition, NDA ally, to reject government land bill

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A united opposition and an NDA ally pitched for “total withdrawal” of the ruling government’s land acquisition bill at a meeting convened at NCP supremo Sharad Pawar’s residence, on 29 July.

Among those who are attending, include Congress, Trinamool Congress and CPI-M.  While Trinamool and CPI-M are opposing the bill, Shiv Sena, NCP and YSR Congress were partially opposed to it.

In their suggestions to the proposed amendments to the land bill, the parties have rejected outright the government’s proposal to exempt projects for rural infrastructure, affordable housing, industrial corridors and infrastructure projects, including PPP projects among others.

Congress, CPI-M and JD-U have sought a “total withdrawal” of the proposed changes and inclusion of some more, while the Congress alone has pitched for uniform four-time compensation in rural and urban areas from the existing market value of land.

Sources in Congress said it had sought restoration of the consent of 80% of land owners to be obtained for private projects and 70% for PPP ones. In its list of amendments, the CPI-M has demanded land losers be given 20% profit gathered by industries, besides the compensation.

The Congress strategy is to get a majority of members in the panel to oppose the amendments being brought by the government.

Sources in the Shiv Sena said, its stand will depend on what kind of bill the government brings. If the bill addresses the party’s major concerns they will have objection to support it.

Opposition leaders, however, said the Sena has agreed with their views and will not back the government on this contentious issue.

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