Ally Apna Dal wants govt rethink on Land Acquisition Act

Another NDA constituent Apna Dal on Thursday joined the chorus of demanding a rethink over the land acquisition law.

PTI| Updated: Feb 26, 2015, 21:40 PM IST

New Delhi: Another NDA constituent Apna Dal on Thursday joined the chorus of demanding a rethink over the land acquisition law.

"The government needs to have a rethink about certain clauses in the land acquisition bill," said Apana Dal leader Anupriya Patel while participating in a discussion on the motion of thanks to President's address in the Lok Sabha.

Patel said that besides the land owner, it was also important to protect the interest of those who are dependent on it for their livelihood.

It is not enough to compensate only the farmer whose land is being acquired, she stressed.

The government's moves to amend the Land Acquisition Act passed during UPA's tenure is being opposed by many parties and sections.

Earlier, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP voiced concern over some of the provisions of the land acquisition laws and demanded more clarity from the government.

LJP MP Chirag Paswan said his party was concerned about provisions like doing away with the consent of farmers for acquiring their land in the amended law, which the NDA government brought by an ordinance and has now introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to seek parliamentary approval for it.

Opposition parties on Tuesday staged a walk-out in the Lok Sabha, protesting the introduction of land bill which they alleged was "anti-farmer and anti-poor".

Among others, Saugatha Roy of TMC opposed the bill with "all the force at his command". BJD and even Raju Shetty, whose party is an NDA ally, also opposed it.