Nagpur MP and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has welcomed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to keep away from bringing Land Acquisition Bill in the House. Modi has announced his decision in his ‘Man Ki Baat’ radio programme broadcasted on Sunday.
Interacting to media people in Nagpur, Gadkari said the government aimed to bring the bill with amendments however it got stuck in Rajya Sabha as the politics was being played high around this bill. The bill’s validity is ending on August 31 post which the 2013 Bill will continue to remain in force.
He added that Prime Minister has clarified that a set of 13 points would be included in the Bill. He however claimed that the Bill which government wanted to enforce had more scope for development and benefit of the farmers.
He alleged Congress party of adapting double standards over the Bill. He recalled that when he was Rural Development Minister, the Chief Ministers from the Congress-ruled States had sent the proposal which were also included in the amended draft. “Later all of them opposed the bill just for the heck of it,” he added.
The Centre has framed the bylaws around the bill, following which the States would implement in the same into law in their administrative areas.
Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has termed the decision as the Congress party’s win. Commenting on Sonia’s statement, Gadkari questioned how those responsible for the pathetic condition of farmers can claim to be sympathizers of the ryots. He affirmed that the government is working with positive set of mind for the development of farmers.