The Congress Friday said it will oppose the bills meant to replace the ordinances, maintaining that the changes brought about in relevant laws were “unacceptable” to it.
“It is very clear that changes through ordinances are not acceptable to us. Obviously we are going to oppose... they are not in the interest of people,” party spokesman Ajoy Kumar said.
The party line was earlier enunciated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel in a tweet. “It will be bizarre for the government to be expecting support from the Congress after it has diluted the UPA’s policies & programmes for needy,” he tweeted.
The statement comes three days ahead of the budget session for which government has lined up a number of bills, including controversial amendments to the land acquisition law, and is trying to reach out to the opposition for their passage in Parliament.
The Congress is holding a protest demonstration on the issue at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on February 25. Prior to this, social activist Anna Hazare will hold a two-day sit-in against the move. The government has called an all-party meeting on Sunday which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kumar said the Congress would demand that the government accommodate its concerns.