Sonia Gandhi leads Opposition charge against government
NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia
Gandhi, who had taken a backseat in the recent past, has once again taken on
the responsibility of leading the party from the front and giving it direction,
both inside parliament and outside.
On Tuesday, Sonia surprised everyone
by initiating the discussion on the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Amendment
Bill, 2015, in the Lok Sabha. She targeted the BJP-led government for failing
to fulfil the commitment made to the people of Andhra Pradesh during the
bifurcation of the state.
And later in the day, Sonia led a
march of 14 opposition parties from parliament to Rashtrapati Bhawan to protest
against the government’s move to amend the 2014 Land Acquisition Act.
“We have come together to oppose the
Narendra Modi government’s amendments to the right of fair compensation and
transparency in Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation resettlement act 2013. “All
the progressive, secular, democratic and forward looking forces are determined
to defeat the Modi government’s design to promote divisions and social
“We have come to the President to
request him to intervene to protect the interest of our farmers and to impress
upon Modi government not to go ahead with the amendments in the Rajya Sabha.
These are some of the reasons for which we have come here,” Gandhi told the
media after the delegation met the President.
JD-U leader Sharad Yadav, coordinator
for the march, declared that it will be a fight to finish as the bill “is not
only anti-farmer but also anti India”. “Country farmers have made us
independent, we cannot snatch their right. This is going to be ‘aar-paar’ (do
or die) battle; We have sounded the bugle for the war,” said Yadav.
Earlier, participating in a
discussion in the house for the first time in this Lok Sabha, Sonia said the
people of Andhra Pradesh were “deeply anguished over the apathy” being shown to
them by the NDA government, and were beginning to feel that they were being
“taken for granted”.
She said the government was not
showing “the same sense of urgency” in fulfilling other key commitments made to
the people of the state who have been “waiting patiently for over nine months”,
as it was in bringing in a bill to increase the number of members in the Andhra
Pradesh legislative council from 50 to 58.