New Delhi: BSP, whose government in UP is
facing flak over the land procurement issue, on Monday demanded
urgent introduction of the Land Acquisition Bill in
Parliament, saying further delay would be a setback for
"This decision to introduce the bill in the next
session would be a setback for farmers all across the country.
We want the bill to come in this session," BSP general
secretary Satish Chandra Mishra told reporters here.
Asked about the party`s future course of action, he
said, "We will force the government to come up with the bill
in this session. UP has already formulated a bill in this
regard and the Centre can copy that."
Mishra said his party had assured the government of
its support to the bill but "they (UPA) are not bringing the
Bill in this session. Instead they have put it on the website
seeking suggestions till August 31, which means that bill will
not come up in this session."
Taking a dig at Congress general secretary Rahul
Gandhi on the issue, Mishra said, "Merely going among farmers
and instigating them or talking about their welfare will not
"If the government is serious about the welfare of
farmers, it will have to bring the bill in this session only,"
Asked if issues related to land procurement in Noida
and Greater Noida would be sorted out before the August 17
deadline given by the Allahabad high Court, he said
authorities and farmers were talking to each other and hoped
that they will arrive at an agreement soon.