May 13, 2011 2:59:11 am
With Mamata Banerjee looking set to enter Writers Buildings,the Congress on Thursday reached out to the Trinamool Congress chief on the issue of the contentious Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill. Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh had a long phone conversation with Banerjee,who informed him that she was ready with a new draft Bill and would discuss it with the government shortly.
We are going to discuss with her party to bring about certain consensus on the draft to make it more farmer-friendly, said Singh.
The ruling UPA expects a more accommodative and flexible approach from Mamata,who had once walked out of a Cabinet meeting protesting against the proposed legislation.
Elaborating on the partys stance on land acquisition,Singh said that whenever the government acquires land for development in public private partnership,stakeholders should be involved so that they also become beneficiaries in value addition of the project. He said: In case of private projects also,if the state government feels that land needs to be acquired for industry or power or real estate projects,it is the discretion of the state government to frame policies which are transparent and farmer-friendly. He dismissed any parallels between the Greater Noida incident and Jaitapur protests,saying the latter were more against nuclear plant than land acquisition.
Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda,who was arrested on his way to Bhatta Parsaul today and subsequently released,said: The broader question is the undemocratic way in which she (Mayawati) has been suppressing protests. It reminds me of (Om Prakash) Chautala days,which had witnessed a lot of police firing.
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