BJP president Rajnath Singh demanded that farmers should get a better compensation package when the government acquires land invoking “emergency clause”. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav suggested that only barren lands should be allowed for industrial use and demanded that instead of fixing the compensation on the basis of market rate, farmers should get whatever they demand. He also felt that the proposed legislation would "ruin" and "devastate" farmers.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, however, struck a different note and pointed out the need to control increase in population as more heads will lead to higher demand for land.
Even as the BSP is set to support the land bill, its member SS Nagaur who represents Noida, slammed the UPA for acting on land issues only because of the elections.
To a question of Trinamool’s Saugata Roy, Ramesh categorically said, “if the West Bengal government wants 100% consent of farmers in acquisition, it can do so.”