Govt tables land bill in Lok Sabha amid protest

The government on Monday introduced the controversial Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha even as the Opposition opposed the move.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 12, 2015 3:24 am
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The controversial land bill of the BJP-led NDA government — the Right to Fair compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 — was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Rural Development Minister Birender Singh tabled the bill amid strong protests by the Opposition, culminating in a walk-out by members belonging to various parties, including the Congress.

While Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and others  listed their objections to the introduction of the bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Singh countered them.

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Kharge alleged that the government wanted “to present the bill to the capitalists” and it was not in the interest of farmers.

BJD leader Mahtab drew parallels with the fable about Trishanku, who had remained stranded out of heaven, and wondered where the land bill  passed earlier by the House was. He sought to know why a central law on land acquisition was needed when it was a state subject.

RSP leader Premachandran said the Lok Sabha could not consider a fresh bill when an identical bill passed earlier has been sent to the Rajya Sabha. CPI-M leader Rajesh claimed that the new legislation will lead to land-grabbing by big business houses while TMC leader Saugata Roy contended that land should be acquired only after receiving hundred per cent consent of the landowners. While Birender Singh told the House that both bills “are with me”, Naidu told the members that the Government was only introducing the Bill, and it was not going to pass it on the same day.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled in favour of the government’s move, saying, “There is no rule which bars the introduction of a bill, while a bill on the same subject passed by the Lok Sabha is pending in the Rajya Sabha”. “There is no bill identical to the one being proposed that is pending,” she added and put the introduction of the bill to vote.

Congress, Trinamool, Left parties, NCP, AAP and  RSP members soon walked out, with Sonia Gandhi taking the lead.

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  1. c
    May 11, 2015 at 6:29 pm
    What good has happened to farmers for the past 65 years when there is no land bill or any amendments? why bring caste in between? caste has nothing to do with land bill.
    1. P
      May 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm
      monarchy sirf congress mein hai ya bjp mein bhi hai...Chalo aapko thoda yaad dila dete hai.. 1) Anurag Thakur, son of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal 2) Varun hi, MP and son of party leader Maneka hi 3) Poonam Mahajan, daughter of former union minister Pramod Mahajan 4) ex MP Yashwant Sinha’s son Jayant Sinha 5) Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh’s son Rajbir Singh 6) former chief minister Sahib Singh Verma’s son Parvesh Verma 7) Dushyant Singh, son of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje 8) Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh’s son Abhishek Singh 9) Pankaja Munde and Her Sister are daughter of Munde 10) Shivarj Singh Chouhan Wife 11) Son of Rajnath Singh 12) Saheb Singh Verma's Son.. and DON'T FORGET THE ALLIES... The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) headed by Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, the Shiv Sena headed by Uddhav Thackeray and Bihar’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) headed by Ram Vilas Paswan and Muftis of PDP (J & K) are part of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. I hope you don't blame only the his for dyansty politics
      1. K
        May 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm
        oh really can you tell me what amendments BJP has brought that they say are pro farmers? lip service for farmers and might of law with baniya brahmins?
        1. L
          May 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm
          To Kabir: Farmers are intelligent. However, you are not. Because of mango people like you, 'intelligent' individuals like Rober Vadra thrived in the last 60 years.
          1. L
            May 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm
            You are free to read the text yourself. Why depend on something else.
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