BHOPAL : Former union minister Jairam Ramesh has said that Modi government might have promulgated two ordinances to bring into force the Land Acquisition Bill but it won’t be able to get it passed in the Rajya Sabha, where the opposition is in a majority.

At a press conference at PCC office here on Monday, the former minister said that the very fact that the government decided to take the ordinance route to implement such an important measure shows the autocratic style of functioning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The UPA government held consultations with all parties and had put the draft bill before the standing committee, which was headed by the current Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

The committee made 28 suggestions, out of which the government accepted 26 and the two which were not accepted were – not acquiring land for private companies and exempting irrigated land from acquisition.

The UPA government accepted three suggestions of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan regarding irrigated land, he added.

And now, the Modi government had brought the bill only for acquiring land for private companies, he said.

Hitting out at the government, Ramesh said, while earlier the slogan was Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan”, the NDA government had changed it to “Jai Ambani, Jai Adani”.

Ramesh said the Central government can get the bill passed in the Lok Sabha but it will not be able to obtain the nod of the Upper House.

Detailing Congress’ objections to the proposed bill, he said the government had done away with the provision of social audit of land acquisition for industries and had dropped provisions that stipulated that the land would revert to the government land pool or to the farmer concerned, if it was not utilised within five years by industries.

Land Acquisition Bill would change farmers’ destiny: BJP chief

Bharatiya Janata Party, State unit has said that the amendment bill related to land acquisition will change the destiny of farmers and the face of the country. BJP State President and MP, Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, counterattacking Congress’ former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh, said that the amendment bill is transparent and an initiative for the welfare of farmers which would prove to be a milestone in the progress of the country. Chauhan alleged that the opposition of Congress towards the bill is a testimony of its negative mentality and Congress by becoming an obstacle in the progress of the country, is also cheating with the farmers.

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