Taking potshots at Narendra Modi over the Land Acquisition Bill, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said the prime minister believes in the slogan of 'Jai Adani, Jai Ambani'.
Ramesh made this remark while drawing an analogy to the country’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri who made the famous slogan of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' in 1965 in the backdrop of the Indo-Pak war and a food crisis.
"The changes are unacceptable as the BJP wants to bring the law without any consultation. The earlier version of the law brought during the UPA regime was a result of deliberations with all parties and with their consent, but the BJP wants to force its will without any consent or discussion," Ramesh told during a press conference here on Monday, referring to the amendments brought by the NDA government to the Bill.
He added there was a big difference between Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Modi. "Modi's is politics is about ‘main, main, main’ (I) & 'main, mera, mujhe' (I, me, myself) while Rahul Gandhi believes in teamwork" he said.
"When the law was framed during the UPA regime, we spoke to every party and it was sent to a parliamentary standing committee which was then headed by (Lok Sabha Speaker) Sumitra Mahajan. All parties had welcomed it. We had incorporated most of the suggested amendments but the BJP is stubborn, acting undemocratically, not willing to discuss," he said.
While the UPA took two years to pass the Bill due to extensive consultations, the BJP is trying to bring the legislation forcefully, Ramesh claimed.
Reacting to Ramesh's charges state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan refuted the former Union minister's allegations on the land acquisition bill and termed the legislation as transparent and beneficial for farmers.
Chauhan said that by opposing the bill the Congress was proving to be an impediment in the progress of the country. He said that the rights of farmers have been protected in the bill and infertile land will be given priority for acquisition.