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AIADMK Urged To Oppose Land Bill In Rajya Sabha To Affiliate With Farmers

AIADMK Urged To Oppose Land Bill In Rajya Sabha To Affiliate With Farmers

Although Jayalalitha-led-AIADMK had supported the Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha, Congress party asked it to demonstrate its affinity with farmers by opposing it in Rajya Sabha. The controversial bill stands at the gates of Rajya Sabha after clearing Lok Sabha. BJP government finds it a bit difficult to get the bill through Rajya Sabha because it is in a minority in the upper house.

The contentious bill has been dubbed to be 'anti-farmer' by Congress leaders. A similar bill was brought into Parliament in 2013 by the erstwhile UPA government, but NDA legislators had amended all the clauses that made it pro-farmer.

An important point that required attention was the 'consent' clause. In its present form, a consent of farmers who owned the land is not required. Under the present form of the bill, a study of the social impact of the acquisition of the land is not required. In case the acquired land is not used for industrialisation, it is not to be returned to the farmers, if the bill is passed in its present form. Moreover, there is no stopping industrialists and land developers if they want to acquire land beyond proposed industrial corridors.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh asked all political parties claiming an affinity with farmers to come out in opposition of the bill in Rajya Sabha. He asked AIADMK leaders in Rajya Sabha to support Congress in opposing the bill in Rajya Sabha. This would be quite contrary to the outlook displayed by party leaders in Lok Sabha. With its pack of 37 members in Lok Sabha, AIADMK had supported the bill.

 

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