Questioning the silence of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal over the NDA's proposal to dilute the pro-farmer Land Acquisition Act enacted by the previous UPA government in 2014, Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said it would not be allowed at any cost.
"The BJP-led NDA government is trying to revert to the Land Acquisition Law of 1894 which was exploitative and had been enacted mainly to serve the colonial interests," said Amarinder.
He regretted that Badal, who claims to be the sole guardian of farmers, had resorted to silence on such a crucial matter. "The BJP did not wait for Parliament to issue an ordinance earlier to dilute the law, thus putting farmers at an disadvantage," he said, pointing out that how hurriedly the Union government issued the ordinance. "When the government knew it had to come to Parliament, what was the need for an ordinance?" he questioned.
The new law, Amaridner said, was not in the farmers' interests. "It will not sail through Parliament as the NDA lacks numbers in the Rajya Sabha. When the law was passed by the UPA, the BJP was taken into confidence," he said.
"The Union government wants to be loyal to corporate houses while ignoring the concerns of millions of farmers across the country," said Amarinder.