Govt, Opposition headed for showdown in RS
The NDA government and the Opposition are headed for a showdown in the Budget session of Parliament that generally begins in February, as various parties called for a united fight against the Centre's Land Acquisition Ordinance on Tuesday.india Updated: Dec 31, 2014 01:34 IST
The NDA government and the Opposition are headed for a showdown in the Budget session of Parliament that generally begins in February, as various parties called for a united fight against the Centre's Land Acquisition Ordinance on Tuesday.
The government's move has brought opposition parties together in what they view to be a dilution of the farmer-friendly Land Acquisition Act of 2013, as the Centre readies for a packed legislative session that includes five ordinances, besides the Railway and General Budgets.
Congress' Jairam Ramesh said the ordinance has "vitiated further" the atmosphere in Rajya Sabha, where Opposition's relentless pressure on BJP over religious conversions row stalled six Bills in the last winter session, including the insurance bill and the bill to replace the coal ordinance."The Congress would oppose every move to dilute the Land Acquisition Act. All political parties who are pro-farmers must come together to oppose it," party general secretary Digvijaya Singh said.
Left parties also called for protests against the government's move. "The CPI(M) urges all democratic forces to come forward to oppose the anti-democratic and authoritarian acts of the Modi government," a CPI(M) politburo statement said.
The Trinamool Congress also upped its ante with party chief Mamata Banerjee saying she would not allow any such acquisition in her state.
Opposition said the government was going against the recommendations of the parliamentary standing committee headed by the BJP's Sumitra Mahajan last year.
"Her panel said the government had no business to acquire land for private industries and public private partnerships (PPP). The NDA government, on the contrary, eased the path of acquisition for these two purposes," said a Congress leader.The ordinance does away with a landowners' consent clause in the 2013 act by exempting five purposes, including national security/defence, rural infrastructure, affordable housing, industrial corridors, and infrastructure and social infrastructure. It also includes PPP projects, where the ownership of the land vests with the government.