The Opposition will not allow the land bill to be either passed or defeated giving no chance to the government to convene joint session of Parliament, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury Tuesday said in Kolkata on Tuesday. He was in the city to attend the two-day state party committee meeting that concluded on Tuesday
Yechury’s assertion follows Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s comment that if the land reform bill was not passed in the Rajya Sabha, then a joint session of Parliament will be convened, because the bill’s passage was key to success of the next phase of reforms to allow the country to meet the growth target.
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According to the Constitution, no joint parliamentary session could be called until a bill was passed by one house and rejected by the other. So if the land bill was rejected by the Rajya Sabha after being passed by the Lok Sabha, a joint session was possible, Yechury explained to reporters here.
“The bill has not been passed in the Rajya Sabha. There are various ways in which the bill will not be passed. Neither will it be defeated too. It will be referred by the joint parliamentary committee. Then the report will be examined by the Rajya Sabha. Then only things will happen,” he observed.
Yechury accused the Narendra Modi government of pursuing an aggressive pro-corporate policy and ignoring poor farmers’ interests. “The spirit of this bill is that they want to give no- holds-barred right to the corporates, both foreign and domestic, to acquire land from farmers and bulldoze them. It will create a disaster and it will kick off an agrarian crisis,” he felt.
Yechury said that the bill aimed at amendments which would enable them to acquire more than one third of total cultivated land in the country.
“What is the experience of the acquired land? More than 50 per cent of the land acquired for an SEZ at least five years back is lying unused,” he said.
Meanwhile, while referring to the presence of Trinamool Congress and BJP leaders at a function held in Kolkata to mark Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s death anniversary on Tuesday and the state’s programme on International Yoga Day last Sunday, state CPM Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said “there is a lot of yogayog (communication) between the two parties of late”.
“An understanding has been reached that each one should not talk about the corrupt practices of the other,” he added.
At the two-day state party committee meeting, Mishra said: “The main point of discussion was how to strengthen the party organisation to fight against Trinamool’s misrule.”
He added: “In terms of political balance, Trinamool Congress is still slightly ahead of the Left. We need to change the situation and we will change it. The mass support of TMC is also eroding very fast. We need to change this political balance as early as possible.”
The statement comes days after senior CPM leader Gautam Deb had said that Left Front does not have enough strength to defeat the Trinamool Congress on its own. Last Friday, Deb had kicked up a political storm by stating that the Left Front in West Bengal was now left with not enough strength to defeat the Trinamool in the next Assembly elections on its own and had hinted at an “understanding” with the Congress.
However, Yechury had dismissed the suggestion saying the party will follow the resolutions adopted in the last Party Congress of not aligning or joining any front with the Congress.