Congress to vote against Land Bill if govt does not drop changes
NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha is
set to witness a confrontation over Land Acquisition Bill on Tuesday when it is
taken up for voting with Opposition bent on opposing it even as the government
again offered to make changes in the legislation in the ‘larger interest’ of
the farming community.
NDA partner Shiv Sena,
meanwhile, was ambivalent on the issue, even though its support will hardly
matter in the Lower House where BJP has majority on its own.
Toughening its stand, the
Congress on Monday decided that it will vote against the bill unless it is sent
to the Parliamentary Standing Committee or presented in the original form as
passed in 2013. It decided to issue a three-line whip to its members in the
Lower House asking them to be present and vote against the measure.
The decision was taken
at a meeting chaired by Sonia Gandhi which was attended by the Lok Sabha MPs
and some other senior party leaders to discuss the strategy over the bill.
Congress took the decision
even as Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said in Lok Sabha on
Monday that the 'Government is willing to go in for amendment in the (land)
bill in the larger interest of the community and the country'.
He made the offer while
intervening in the debate on the bill to replace the Right to Fair Compensation
and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement
His intervention came
amid stiff opposition to the bill even as Congress and some other parties
demanded that it be referred to a parliamentary standing committee for
willingness of his government to consider the 52 amendments moved by members,
he hoped that Rural Development Minister Birender Singh will look into the
possibility of reducing the land for industrial corridors being planned to
boost manufacturing sector in the country.
Naidu also suggested
creating a 'bank' of barren land for acquisition and said first such land
should be used for setting up of industrial projects.