Budget 2015: PM Modi firm on changes in Land Act, says Opposition spreading 'myths'

New Delhi, Feb 24: Amid stiff opposition to government's move to amend land acquisition Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made it clear that there was no going back.

The BJP was, at the same time, preparing for discussions with NDA partners to make the legislation more "effective" and "farmer-friendly".

PM firm on changes in Land Act, says Opp spreading 'myths'.
At the meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party here, Modi said the bill will benefit farmers and that the amendments brought by his government were based on suggestions and demands made by Congress-ruled states and their chief ministers.

He asked party MPs to "bust the myths" propagated by Opposition parties on it, sources said quoting the Prime Minister. To make the land ordinance bill more effective in favour of farmers, the BJP and NDA leaders will meet today evening to discuss and work out means to further improve it.

"It was reiterated at the Parliamentary Party that we are for the welfare of farmers and every step that this government will take will be for the welfare of farmers, for the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden," Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters after the meeting.

The sources said the Prime Minister made it clear that the BJP stood for the welfare of farmers and was committed to them. He told the MPs to remove the "myths" allegedly propagated by opposition parties as the proposed bill was good for the country and farmers would benefit from it.

The sources added that the Prime Minister told MPs that there was need to correct the "wrong-doings" of the previous governments, while noting that BJP can never take an "anti-farmer" stand on the bill.

"A meeting of Parliamentarians of NDA, including those of the party, will be held to deliberate on issues on how to make the land acquisition bill more effective so as to benefit the farmers, the poor and the downtrodden. For this, a discussion will take place this evening between MPs and concerned Ministers of these departments," Rudy said.


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