New Delhi(PTI): Opposition parties on Tuesday gathered at Gandhi Statue in Parliament premises and marched toward the Rashtrapati Bhavan to protest against the NDA Government’s Land Acquisition Ordinance.
The march is being lead by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Prominent leaders, including Ambika Soni, Rajeev Shukla, Kamal Nath and Ahmed Patel participated in the march. The BSP, however, opted out of participating in the protest.
Opposition parties have united over the contentious bill, claiming that it is an anti-farmer legislation. The leaders also plan to submit a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee.
A large contingent of security personnel drawn from the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in the area in riot gear. Barricades were set up and water cannons were also placed on the route leading from Parliament to the President’s House.
18:32 IST Tuesday, 17 March 2015
We have come together to meet President to ask him to intervene to protect the interest of farmers: Sonia Gandhi
18:09 IST Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Derek O’Brien, Trinamool Congress: All parties are together today, this is a historic march, hope Modi Govt is watching this march.
17:52 IST Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh joins opposition’s protest march against land ordinance in Delhi.
17:46 IST Tuesday, 17 March 2015
We will appeal President to create pressure on this government, so this anti-farmers ordinance is not implemented, says Congress leader Kamal Nath.
17:35 IST Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Opposition parties’ protest march from Parliament
17:20 IST Tuesday, 17 March 2015
Congress President Sonia Gandhi at Gandhi Statue in Parliament premises, will take part in opposition protest march
Questioned over the issue, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said, “If there is a demonstration, we prohibit it.
Former prime minister and JDS chief H D Deve Gowda, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, SP’s Ramgopal Yadav, DMK’s Kanimozhi, INLD’s Dushyant Chautala and RJD’s Prem Chand Gupta are the part in the march.
Meanwhile, the NDA Government proposes to have another round of discussion with Opposition on the Land Bill before moving it in Rajya Sabha.
Earlier this month, the Lok Sabha passed The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 amid a walkout by opposition parties even as the government moved nine amendments to address concerns raised by farmers.
Shiv Sena, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, abstained during the voting.
The proposed legislation removes the need for obtaining consent of land-owners and carrying out social impact assessment (SIA) for acquiring land under certain categories—precisely the provisions which had raised the heckles of critics.
The bill faces a tough call in the Rajya Sabha where the government is in a minority.
The bill will replace an ordinance promulgated by the government in December last year which amended the earlier law passed by the Congress-led UPA in 2013.