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Land Bill not listed for tabling this week

With the suicide by a farmer from Rajasthan in public glare putting the spotlight back on agrarian crisis, the BJP government seems to be very cautious about not sending a wrong message to the peasant community with delaying the tabling of controversial Land Acquisition Bill, which Opposition bills as “anti-farmer,” in Parli-ament this week. Sources told this newspaper that a final decision on whether to table the Bill, on which ordinance was re-promulgated earlier this month, during the current Budget Session, which ends on May 8 in Lok Sabha, will be taken next week.

The Government had earlier planned to introduce the legislation in the lower house, where it enjoys absolute majority, and take it to the Rajya Sabha where it has a depleted strength.

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“Things would be clear only next week as the session nears its end. The Lok Sabha will be adjourned on May 8 and the Rajya Sabha session ends on May 13. So as things go, decisions will be taken,” a government source said.

There is a opinion within the government that tabling the Land Bill during the time when there is much focus on agrarian crisis would be counter-productive as the Opposition would try to corner the administration on the issue.

The Opposition, especially Congress, has been opposing the Land Bill inside and outside Parliament.

Its top leaders, including Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, have also hit the streets against the Land Bill terming it “anti-farmer.”


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