Lying low since their defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, several Opposition parties may join hands to launch an agitation against the government’s anticipated move to amend the land acquisition Act. Sources said the parties might draw their plan at a convention likely to be held in the third week of July.
JD(U) secretary-general and Rajya Sabha member K C Tyagi Saturday said that Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, who also held charge of the Ministry of Rural Development, was regularly giving hints that the Land Acquisition Act, 2014, might be amended during the next session of Parliament. The government, Tyagi felt, might do away with the clause that makes sanction of at least 80 per cent of the village panchayat mandatory for any acquisition of land.
Tyagi said the new legislation also provided for payment of double the circle rates in urban areas and four times the circle rates in rural areas to the farmers in case of land acquisition. The government, according to him, had indicated of a change in this provision too.
Describing the new regime as pro-capitalist, he said the twin moves were aimed at restoration of the 1894 Act to help corporate houses, businessmen and builders acquire land. He said the JD(U) would oppose the moves tooth and nail and mobilise farmers against them.