New Delhi: Under pressure from all quarters, the Narendra Modi government on Tuesday tabled the controversial Land Acquisition Amendment Bill 2015 to replace the contentious ordinance in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. However, the move triggered severe protests as a united Opposition demanded a debate on the issue.
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"Congress is organising a mega rally --'Zameen Wapsi Andolan' to oppose the BJP government's draconian ordinance that intends to change the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 passed by the Congress government," says AICC release.
There is no question of supporting any legislation which goes against the interest of farmers, says Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray.
We do not support forceful land acquisition. I have gone on 26-day hunger strike in the past for this cause, she adds.
- On micro-blogging website Twitter, Mamata Banerjee writes, "Immediately withdraw land ordinance. It is draconian. It will affect the farmers. We have always opposed this."
- Rural Development Minister Birender Singh to make a detailed presentation in front of all NDA MPs explaining the Land Ordinance at 6 pm.
- It is an atrocious Ordinance, anti-farmer Ordinance, anti-people Ordinance, says D Raja of CPI
- CPI terms Land Acquisition Ordinance as 'atrocious and against the people'.
- We don't want anti-farmer bill. Farmer should not be ignored, we are an agricultural based country and they should be respected: Shiv Sena
- BJP ally Shiv Sena opposes the Land Acquisition Bill
- Members of the committee BJP committee: Satya Pal Malik (convener), Bhupender Yadav, Ram Narayan Dudi, Hukmdev Narayan Yadav, Rakesh Singh
- BJP chief Amit Shah forms 8-member committee to seek farmers' suggestions on land acquisition bill
- Government tables 14th Finance Commission Report in Lok Sabha
- This is like murder of the farmers of the country: Amarinder Singh, Congress
- Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
- We welcome farmers' suggestions, we will meet a delegation of farmers: Rajnath Singh
- There should be a dialogue. Not just protests on the floor of the house: Kalraj Mishra (BJP)
- I don't think the bill can be passed in its present form: Praful Patel, NCP
- Entire opposition is against Land Acquisition Bill. This is an anti-farmer govt: SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav
- Land bill will have serious consequences for the future: Mulayam
- Current land bill will hurt the poor, former Prime Minister Deve Gowda tells media
- "We are supporting opposition parties on the Land Acquisition Bill. We don't have objection to Insurance and other Bills, but in Land Acquisition Bill the social impact assessment and consent clause has been dropped, so we will not support it: NCP Chief Sharad Pawar
- Samajwwadi Party will protest against the Land Bill adding the government not taking opposition on board on the issue, says Mulayam Singh Yadav
- PM Modi asks BJP MPs to bust the "myths" propagated by Opposition on Land Bill.
- We want discussion and debate on the Bill. This is not the way to discuss: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu
- Senior MP Mallikarjun Kharge leads the Congress protest against Land Bill outside Parliament.
- SSS leader Raju Shetty, who is a part of the ruling NDA, opposes Land Acquisition bill in Lok Sabha
- SSS leader Raju Shetty, who is a part of the ruling NDA, opposes Land Acquisition bill in Lok Sabha
- If Govt dsn’t incorporate opposition's suggestions problems will arise: Rajiv Shukla, Congress
- These protests need to be considered by BJP else it will get problematic: Shashi Tharoor
- Various protests against the Land Acquisition Bill are happening at various levels, even on the floor of the house: Shashi Tharoor
- Minority can't trample majority, says Venkaiah Naidu in Lok Sabha amid uproar
- Opposition walks out after Government introduces land bill in Lower House.
- Rural Development Minister Birender Singh tables Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha.
- Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejects Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia's adjournment motion over land acquisition bill
- Farmers will be compensated four times the amount of land: Jaitley
- Let the Bill come to the House and then can be debated. First let the bill come and everyone read before this discussion. Don't make speeches without actually reading the law on Land Acquisition Ordinance: Jaitley
- This govt is openly favouring big industrialist on Land Acquisition Bill, says Mayawati
- Land Ordinance not unconstitutional, says FM Jaitly defending the ordinance route
- The government has amended the Section 10(A) of the Land Act, says Jaitley
- There can be differences in policies, Jaitley to Sharad Yadav
- BJP is trying to bulldoze its way through in Parliament: Sharad Yadav
- Janata Dal (U) MP Sharad Yadav opposes Land Bill, says govt can't work against the interest of people
- This is zero hour and members want to speak on this so a I want to allow other members: RS chairman
- The Bill may be in Lok Sabha and we do not know what is going to happen there: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson
- The UPA brought more ordinances because they were in the interest of the people: Anand Sharma
- The issue can be discussed only when it comes before the House otherwise it is the violation of the law: Jaitley
- Parliament will not become BJP's rubber stamp: Anand Sharma
- BJP opposed the pro-poor policies like Food Security Bill, says Anand Sharma
- Anand Sharma says even the Opposition has good knowledge of the Constitution like the ruling party
- It is wrong to say that Parliament is bypassed through ordinances: Arun Jaitley
- Over 70 ordinances were brought under the Congress's regime: FM
- Most ordinances have been brought in the House when Congress was in power: Jaitley
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley replies to Opposition parties over the Land Ordinance in Rajya Sabha
- The earlier bill was brought in after much deliberations and all parties were consulted: Sharma
- "The govt must say that they will withdraw the ordinance on Land Acquisition Bill, says Congress MP Anand Sharma
- Congress asks govt to withdraw land bill, demands debate
- Proceedings begin in Rajya Sabha
- PM Modi asks all NDA MPs to aggressively defend the ordinances.
- BJP Parliamentary Party to meet at 6 pm to discuss Land Acquisition Bill.
- We are for farmers and poor people. We will not sacrifice farmer rights but we are improving the mistakes made by UPA. We will again meet at 6 PM: Rudy
- BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy defends Land Bill, says the party is committed towards farmers.
- Don't act against interests of poor or farmers, PM Modi to BJP MPs
- We are going to protest over Land Acquisition Amendment Bill. There are several clauses in the Bill that we have a problem with. We are co-ordinating with various parties: TMC MP Sultan Ahmed
- Poor people's interest has to be looked into. Our green clothes represent greenery & agriculture of the nation, says Kalyan Banerjee of TMC.
- TMC MPs stage protest outside Parliament against land acquisition ordinance.
- PM Narendra Modi arrives for the BJP Parliamentary Party meet.
- BJP Parliamentary Party Board meeting underway.
- We are happy that other parties have accepted that the land acquisition ordinance is not right for the farmers: Derek O'Brien, TMC.
- Other opposition parties like TMC and JD(U) also press for a debate on the issue.
- Congress leader Anand Sharma gives notice for suspension of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha today.
- The Bill is anti-farmer: Kharge
- Today is just introduction of bill, when it's discussed we'll oppose it: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress
- BJP Parliamentary Party meeting scheduled at 9:30 am in the Parliament.
- Land Acquisition Bill to be tabled in the Parliament today
The story so far -
President Pranab Mukherjee had on Monday set the tone for the government to push for the tweaked land law amid resistance from the Opposition and rights groups, prompting the BJP to discuss ways to get the controversial legislation passed in Parliament.
The law has been suitably refined to protect farmers' interests during land acquisition for crucial public projects, Mukherjee told a joint sitting of Parliament that launched the budget session.
"My government attaches paramount importance to safeguard the interest of farmers and families affected by land acquisition," the President said, trying to allay fears the land act would benefit only industries without a consent clause from landowners which the Modi government had enacted through an ordinance.
The ruling coalition, which is due to introduce the bill to replace the land ordinance in Lok Sabha, t enjoys a brute majority but the problem lie in Rajya Sabha.
Rural development minister Chaudhary Birender Singh will introduce the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
It will replace the ordinance promulgated by the government in December last year, which had brought changes in the earlier bill passed in 2013 by the UPA government.
The government had promulgated the ordinance making significant changes in the land act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas -- industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.
Party chief Sonia Gandhi said the President's speech had nothing new but was a rehash of UPA policies.
The ruling BJP also has its hands full after rights activist Anna Hazare on Monday started a protest against the "anti-farmer" land law.
He got support from old associates Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, the chief minister of Delhi and his deputy whose Aam Aadmi Party had routed the BJP in the national capital's assembly polls. They will join Hazare in his protest on Tuesday.
"This is land grab by the government ... This is what the British used to do. To cater to industrialists, how can you betray farmers?" Hazare said before his dharna at Jantar Mantar.
Given the heat generated by the land law before the NDA government's presents its first full-year budget on February 28, fear mounted within the BJP of a possible Parliament washout in the face of the Opposition's belligerent stand.
Barring Prime Minister Modi, top BJP leaders closeted on Monday evening to see if the bill to be place before Lok Sabha could be further refined to pacify the protesters.
There were hints that the government might consider the demands when Parliament debates the bill.
The prime objection to the land acquisition ordinance has been that it removed the need for written consent from 70% of landowners for joint public-private projects.
To make matters worse, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has also raised objection to the ordinance, seeing in it a reason for the BJP’s drubbing in Delhi.
The government is racing against time to convert the six ordinances into bills in the first part of the Budget session, which comes to an end on March 20.
The government will also introduce a bill in Lok Sabha to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, which will replace the ordinance promulgated on the issue recently.