Land Bill: Govt ran off after ‘threatening and shouting’, says Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI: Taking a
swipe at government over its U-turn on land bill, Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said
it "ran off" after "threatening" and shouting" in the
face of resistance by Congress and vowed that the party will similarly keep up
pressure for resignations in Lalit Modi and Vyapam issues.
“On the land issue,
Congress stood in front of them. They (government) shouted, made too much
noise, threatened and later made a U-turn and ran off,” the Congress
vice-president said, a day after BJP members in a parliamentary panel moved
amendments to restore provisions of the UPA’s land law.
“Similarly, on the
issue of corruption, Vyapam, on the issue of Rajasthan chief minister and
Sushma Swaraj, we will not minimize the pressure on them even if they throw us
out of Parliament or do not let us enter Parliament," Rahul said.
He made the remarks
while agitating with party MPs in Parliament House complex in protest against
suspension of its 25 members from Lok Sabha.
The Congress MPs faced
action after they did not allow the House to function demanding the resignation
of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje for
allegedly helping Lalit Modi and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan over the Vyapam scam.
Rahul said the Congress
will 'gherao' the government on these issues in the entire country. Reacting to
the remarks, rural development minister Birender Singh said, “Those who stand
at 44 will speak only this language.”
Congress was reduced to
its least tally of 44 seats in Lok Sabha in the last general elections.
The barbs from both
sides came as the government expressed readiness to accept recommendations of
the panel on land bill, which restored provisions of the UPA law, insisting
that it was not a climbdown as it was always open to changes on which there is
All 11 BJP members
moved amendments in joint committee of Parliament seeking to bring back key
provisions of UPA's land law including on consent clause and social impact
assessment by dropping the changes brought by Modi government in December last
year and subsequently revalidated by an ordinance thrice.
suspension of 25 Congress MPs is expected to affect the proceedings of the
parliamentary panel on land bill.
Congress sources said
that four of the five MPs in the committee would go for the meeting later today
but come out soon after telling the panel that they are boycotting following
suspension of their colleague Rajiv Satav.
Satav is among the 25
Congress members suspended by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday for five days.
The action of the
Speaker also prohibits a member to attend any meeting of parliamentary
committee, party leaders said.