New Delhi: The Insurance Bill may be out of the way, the Coal and MMDR under the scanner of a time-bound Select Committee, but the government is still far from clinching a deal on the controversial Land Acquisition and Fair Compensation bill, which is yet to be passed by the Rajya Sabha.
The Opposition is not only determined to stall the Bill’s passage in the Upper House but is also trying to do it in a manner that government finds it difficult to convene a Joint Session of Parliament to get it through. Such a Joint Session can be convened, if the Rajya Sabha were to reject the Bill.
Though the government side claims that it is engaged in efforts to evolve a consensus on the issue, the Opposition too is stepping up its campaign against the controversial Land Bill.
In fact, MPs belonging to eight Opposition parties have decided to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan next Tuesday to register their protest against the amendments proposed to be carried out in the Act of 2013.
Eight parties, who have confirmed participation in the protest march, are the Congress, the TMC, the Samajwadi Party, the DMK, theJD(U), the CPM, the CPI and the Kerala Congress (Mani), according to TMC MP and the party’s Leader in the RS Derek O’Brien.
Efforts are being made to rope in some other parties as well and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav is coordinating the arrangements. To make it broad-based, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is expected to stage a sit-in on the Land Bill in Patna on the same day.
Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi is likely to take part in the march from Parliament to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a distance of about one- km. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was also scheduled to take part in the march, but she has now decided against it.
Though the Land Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha three days ago after the government effected nine amendments and persuaded most of its allies to support it, it is unlikely to find acceptance in the Upper House.
It has set the stage for the Bill to be taken up by the Rajya Sabha where the numbers are loaded against the BJP-led dispensation.
The Congress, the TMC, the SP, the RJD and the BJD had staged a walkout from the House, while NDA ally, the Shiv Sena abstained as the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill 2015 was passed by voice vote.
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