Pune: Social activist Anna Hazare has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him not to amend the provisions of the existing Land Acquisition Act.
Anna, who has been leading a campaign against the Land Bill introduced by the NDA government, asked PM Modi in the letter not to amend the existing Land Acquisition Act which was introduced in 2013 by the then Congress-led UPA government.
It may be noted that the Congress president had recently written to the social activist, expressing solidarity with his agitation against the current Land Bill.
Opposition has been up in arms against Modi government's Land Acquisition Bill which they claim is pro-industry and anti-farmer. That Bill has already been passed in Lok Sabha and awaits Rajya Sabha's nod, where Opposition is in majority.
The Modi government is already thinking of re-promulgating the Land Ordinance on which the amended Land Bill is based before its expiry, as it senses roadblocks in the Upper House.
Anna had recently asked for an “open debate” with Prime Minister Modi on the controversial clauses of the proposed law.
In response to a query about Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s willingness to debate the Bill with those opposed to it, Anna had said, “Gadkari’s homework is weak. We are ready to have an open debate with the Prime Minister on camera to discuss the issue threadbare. Let the people watch this debate and see the facts for themselves.”