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Ready to pass food and land Bills but with changes: BJP

The BJP Thursday rejected Sonia Gandhi’s charge that the party was obstructing passage of food guarantee and land acquisition Bills and said the ‘arrogance’ of the Congress was the culprit.

The BJP Thursday rejected Sonia Gandhi’s charge that the party was obstructing passage of food guarantee and land acquisition Bills and said the ‘arrogance’ of the Congress was the culprit. The party also said it is committed to the passage of both Bills subject to changes suggested by it.

“During the Parliament session the government had shown its arrogance over the resignations of Railways Minister and Law Minister. Parliament did not function because of the arrogance of government,” said party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi. “We want to get food security Bill passed with certain amendment,” Trivedi said.

He,however,criticised the Congress for perpetuating food insecurity despite having ruled the country for over five decades and suggested the grand old party to “apologise” instead of blaming the Opposition.

Trivedi said in this context that the Congress had not waited for bipartisan support for its “vested interest” moves like Indo-US nuclear deal and FDI in retail trade. “Did this government not get the Indo-US nuclear deal and the FDI in multi-brand retail issues passed in Parliament despite our opposition to them. So why can’t they get the food security and the land acquisition Bills passed? For the first two they had vested interests,but for this (food bill),they have only political interests,” Trivedi said.

He also picked holes in UPA’s claim on its fourth anniversary . “When NDA government went out of power in 2004,the growth rate was 8.4 per cent and inflation rate was 3.77 per cent. Today,growth rate is 5 per cent and inflation is 7-7.5 per cent. Fiscal deficit is 5.9 per cent which is somewhat more than 1991 level,” Trivedi said.