Mamata writes to PM opposing Land Bill

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing her opposition to the land acquisition bill and her inability to attend a meeting conveyed by him on the issue due to pre-occupations.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 11, 2015, 20:26 PM IST

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing her opposition to the land acquisition bill and her inability to attend a meeting conveyed by him on the issue due to pre-occupations.

"She is not going to the meeting because July 15th is a historic day for us when the 100th administrative review meeting would be held. This was planned a long ago while the invitation from the PM to attend a meeting of the governing council of NITI Aayog on land bill came only a few days ago," Trinamool spokesperson Derek O'Brien told PTI.

He said Banerjee had conveyed this to the Prime Minister in a letter.

"She has outlined the Trinamool Congress' long-held position on the issue beginning from various land movements to our opposition to the land bill in 2013 when we had voted against it. The West Bengal Assembly had also passed a resolution against it," he said.

When asked whether Banerjee is still sticking to her stand on the bill, the party MP said, "Yes. 200 per cent".

The government would, however, send a representative to the meeting in Delhi on July 15.