Land Acquisition Act to be introduced in next Par session: RLD
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 15:34
New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh on Thursday expressed hope that the crucial bill to amend the Land Acquisition Act will be introduced in the next session of the Parliament and it will favour the farmers.

Singh, who met Rural Development Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh to discuss the Bill, said his party had suggested many amendments to the Bill and many changes have been done since they last saw the draft of it.

"There is a very positive outlook from the Government and the Minister (Deshmukh). We will meet again before the Bill goes to the Cabinet and I am hopeful that things will work out in favour of the farmers," he said while talking to the reporters.

The RLD meeting with Deshmukh comes after the Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi was arrested at Bhatta Parasul in UP last night where he went to support the agitating farmers against the state's land acquisition process for a expressway project.

Singh had also led a delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on May 10 to discuss about the Bill.

Asked about his party's stand on provisions like land acquisition by the state government and the definition of public purposes under the Act, Singh said these were the two things on which they would hold further discussions.

He opposed the provision that the state government can acquire 30 per cent of land for any project and said that the matter should not be left for the state government to decide but be made clear in the bill itself.

"The whole idea is if there is any hurdle in a private project, the government should acquire that land to overcome that hurdle. In our view 10 or 15 per cent takes care of that.

Therefore, we are saying, don't leave it to the state govt, specify it here (in the Bill)".

He, however, added "There are lot of common ground even on these two".

Asked for his reaction to last night's incident of Gandhi's arrest, the RLD chief said "every political party...many leaders were going there (Bhatta Parasual). Idea is the same, atrocities have been committed, people are worried. In politics, in our democracy, we should go and talk to them," he said.

He also shot back at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for her comments that various parties are doing politics in the name of land acquisition.

Singh said politics implies "reaching out to the public understanding their problems. We should all do politics. But Mayawati is not doing politics.

That is the problem. She does not meet the people, the ministers and hear their problem. She gets people arrested when she goes on tours and imposes section 144. We want Mayawati to do some politics," he said.


First Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 15:34

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