Govt tables land bill in Lok Sabha; Congress raises slogan 'save the farmer, save the nation'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2015 15:25 IST

Opposition parties on Monday created an uproar in the Lok Sabha after the government tabled the amended Land Acquisition bill.

Congress parliamentarians raised the slogan 'Save the farmer, Save the Nation' and shouted down external Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj as she was delivering her speech on Yemen.

Congress MPs said that the land bill even after its nine amendments was still anti-farmer and anti-poor and should be defeated in Parliament.

Earlier, an hour before the resumption of Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to opposition parties saying he is grateful for their cooperation on people's issues.

"I am sure this leg of the session will witness even higher standards of debate to fulfil people's aspirations. I'm grateful to opposition parties for their cooperation in the previous session," Modi told reporters outside Parliament.

With both Houses set to witness chaos over a host of issues, including the controversial land bill, Modi voiced hope that the session will be a productive one

On Sunday, the PM told his party MPs that he was expecting the session to be full of “outcomes” and said, “It is more beneficial if the Opposition attacks government, however fierce it may be, inside Parliament.”

Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi arrives at Parliament in New Delhi. AFP Photo

But with no hope of any reconciliation between the government and the combined Opposition of Congress-Left-Trinamool on the land bill, the recent merger of SP, JD(U) and RJD may further complicate the passage of the contentious legislation.

On Sunday, the Congress had sounded out the government about its intention on the issue of land bill with a mega farmers' rally in Delhi.

The BJP managers, according to sources, will focus more on the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in the upcoming session. The government is also hopeful about passing the black money bill in Parliament.

The land bill is set to remain at the centre of the storm with both Congress and the NDA government upping their ante over the legislation.

Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress of “politicising the land acquisition issue” even at the cost of being “unmindful of the consequences for development of the country.”

He also took potshots at CPI(M): “Communist cliches like bourgeois, revisionists, neo-revisionists, feudal and capitalist systems have lost their meaning.”

The second half of the Budget session in Lok Sabha will run from April 20 to May 8 and have 13 working days, out of which the government will have barely three days to pass the ambitious GST bill and other legislative agenda.

Ten days are earmarked for the passage of the finance bill and the related demand for grants of different ministries.

Rajya Sabha, prorogued to re-promulgate the land ordinance, will meet on April 23 and work till May 11.

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