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Venkaiah challenges Land Bill critics

Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday alleged that the Congress and its allies did not want country’s growth and were indulging in false propaganda on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu
Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said the NDA government was not ready to oblige the Congress which wants the ‘development holiday’ to be extended. Observing that the Bill was in the interests of farmers and the country, he appealed to political parties not to hinder progress of the country.

He said injustice would have been done to farmers had the Land Acquisition Ordinance not been re-promulgated. Wondering if the Congress was against increase of compensation by four times to farmers, he faulted the Opposition for not appreciating the good steps taken by the NDA government.

Stating that there was no ‘deadlock,’ he urged the other parties not to make it a political issue and oppose for the sake of opposition. He said the Bill would be again brought before Parliament and expressed confidence that it would be passed by the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The two-day BJP national executive at Bengaluru has decided to counter the ‘disinformation’ through information and a handbook was being provided to party activists in this regard.

Mr. Naidu said the BJP’s ideological opponents were unable to come to terms with the fact that the BJP became the ‘number one party’ in the world in terms of membership. While the NDA inherited fiscal and revenue deficits from the previous government, the situation was changing and the days of scams and scandals were over. The government would go ahead with its agenda of development and good governance.

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