Mumbai: Sharpening its attack on the Narendra Modi government over the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, Shiv Sena on Thursday said that the Act in its present form will destroy the farmers.
The Shiv Sena, in an editorial published in its mouthpiece 'Saamna', slammed the BJP government, saying that the present law is aimed at forcefully acquiring land from farmers.
NDA constituent Shiv Sena, which is also part of the Modi government, said that the present Act is unacceptable to them as it will destroy the farmers who are already in huge trouble.
It also accused the government of doing nothing on the debt taken by the farmers.
Shiv Sena is the second largest constituent of the NDA after BJP with 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha and three in Rajya Sabha.
The Modi government is facing huge resistance from all the political parties over the Land Acquisition Ordinance.
After the Shiv Sena, BJP allies Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) have too cast apprehensions over the bill.
Government is claiming that the amended bill to replace the land acquisition ordinance is "pro-farmer" but the Opposition has termed it as "anti-farmer" and have opposed the move in both Houses of Parliament.
Several farmers' organisations have also voiced serious concerns on the proposed amendments in the bill, fearing that it will be detrimental to farmers' interests.
BJP president Amit Shah has formed an eight-member committee to seek farmers' suggestions on the proposed land acquisition legislation which has been stoutly opposed by several farmers' organisations.