Government and Opposition are on the same page on the land bill
With reference to the editorial Finally gaining ground (April 23), it’s heartening that a consensus has been built on the much-awaited land acquisition bill, which aims at compensating farmers fairly. The archaic Land Acquisition Act 1894, which is exploitative in nature, must scrapped at the earliest. Moreover, by agreeing with the BJP’s suggestion that instead of acquisition, land could be leased to developers so that its ownership remains with farmers and also provides them with a regular income the government has shown that it can work together with the Opposition as a team for the betterment of the country.
Bal Govind, Noida
Rust showing in the iron man
This refers to the report Advani not out of PM race: Sushma (April 23). Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj seems to be out of touch with political reality otherwise she would not have suggested that senior leader LK Advani could be the NDA’s choice for the prime minister’s post if the alliance comes to power after the next Lok Sabha polls. Not only has the BJP’s iron man lost his sheen as a politician, but it is also unlikely that the NDA will get a majority. If the BJP wants to increase its chances of winning the polls, it must pave the way for competent leaders in the party.
MC Bhardwaj, Noida
Blown away by a Gayle storm
West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle, playing for the Bangalore team, rewrote record books in Tuesday’s Twenty20 match by scoring 175 runs of 66 balls against the Pune team. (Gayle delivers a smashing hit, April 24). He smashed all batting records in the 20-over format of the game. The number of sixes outpaced the number of fours as fielders turned spectators and spectators became fielders. One can imagine his price at the next auction for players — it will soar much like the six he smashes.
Abdul Monim, via email