Four days after passing the food security bill in Lok Sabha, UPA will push its next big-ticket legislation of the season, the land bill, on Thursday.
The bill, aiming at more transparent rules for land deals, may see more resistance as parties like Trinamool may actually oppose the bill. While the food security bill faced more than 300 amendments, no party opposed it.
Political consensus has eluded the land bill even after major changes. The Congress couldn’t bring the bill for the first two years of UPA owing to then ally Trinamool’s reservations. Trinamool’s arch rival, the CPI(M) too, is unhappy with the current bill and has proposed more than 60 amendments.
“We are opposed to the bill mainly on issues like not wanting government role in acquiring land for private industries and banning purchase of multi-crop land,” senior Trinamool MP Saugata Roy said.
After the food bill’s passage on Monday, Congress managers decided to not follow it up with the land bill. Uncertainty over Sonia Gandhi’s attendance in Parliament on Tuesday added to the concern.Gandhi is likely to be present during the passage of the landmark bill that had seen key changes at the insistence of the Congress brass.
Describing the bill’s objective, Jairam Ramesh told HT recently, “The new law would have ensured land owners get their due. If the bill leads to more direct land purchases by private players, so be it. Land acquisition had been too easy for too long for many private industries.”