Opposition leaders walk out during joint committee meet on land acquisition


A massive show down erupted between the government and the Opposition leaders during the meeting of joint committee of the Parliament on Land Acquisition on Thursday here. The situation came to such a level that the Opposition Leaders including Sharad Pawar, Digvijay Singh staged a walk out of the committee meet.

The bone of Contention was that why this Joint Committee on Land Acquisition is not dissolved by the government so far?

“PM Modi is trying to hoodwink farmers. On one hand he gave assurance to farmers through Maan Ki Baat that recommendations are withdrawn but on the other hand from last two years they (government) are pursuing its agenda of bring the bill by not dissolving the committee,” said Congress Rajya Sabha MP PL Punia.

NDA government had brought the Land Acquisition bill with few amendments to 2013 Bill. The main objection from farmers and Opposition included that Farmers nod is not required if Land is acquired.

It was in August 2015 during Maan Ki Baat that PM Narendra Modi had announced that the his government will not pursue the recommendation. Since then till now joint Committee of Parliament on Land Acquisition has met more than 10 times.

Another MP who attended this committee meet , former Union Minister KV Thomas told India Today, “What is the need for the Committee? What is the use of this committee? What recommendations will this committee give to the Government on the issue of Land Acquisition, when PM himself has said in Maan Ki Baat that government is not going for any amendments in 2013 Act.’

Opposition to raise the issue in Parliament:

With Farmers protesting across the country, Opposition plans to raise the issue of dissolving the Joint Committee in the Monsoon Session which might putĀ  government in Catch 22 situation.

Punia who also staged a walkout from the committee added opposition plans to raise the matter in upcoming Parliament session.

“We demanded that this committee should be dissolved because it has lost its relevance. The Modi government has to officially convey to the Parliament that it will not pursue the amendment bill,” added Punia.

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