No consensus over land bill at all party meet: Opposition
New Delhi, March 7 : There was no consensus at an all-party meet, called by the government, on the proposed land acquisition and rehabilitation bill, opposition members said Thursday.
"There was no consensus at the meeting," Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Basudeb Acharia told reporters after the meeting.
According to him, the CPI-M has suggested 160 amendments against the 165 proposed by the government in the bill.
"We asked the government to reconcile our amendments with its own and draft a new bill combining the two sets of changes. We also asked him for two weeks' time to study the new draft bill," said Acharia.
He also said the bill should be sent to a select committee of parliament for wider consultation.
Trinamool Congress member Sudip Bandopadhyay said his party was opposed to the government's amendments and wanted to go with the changes suggested by the standing committee on rural development headed by Bharatiya Janata Party's Sumitra Mahajan.
According to informed sources, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose party supports the United Progressive Alliance from outside, said the government should not acquire fertile agricultural land.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said all the parties have agreed to pass the bill.
"There will be a new bill," Nath told IANS after the meeting.
He further said that only 28 of the 165 amendments were important ones and the rest were matter of detail.
The meeting was called to evolve consensus on the bill which is a priority for the UPA government.
The issue will be again taken up on March 20.
Informed sources said the land bill is likely to come in the second half of the budget session from April 22 to May 10.