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BJP on board as Left and DMK oppose land Bill

The land Bill will finally be tabled in the second part of the Budget session, with consensus emerging among the political parties, and 11 of the 12 suggestions made by Bharatiya Janata Party having been incorporated in the bill.

The two major suggestions by the principal opposition party which have been included are one, instead of acquisition, land could be leased to the developers so that the ownership still remains with the farmers, and two, they could be provided with regular incomes in lieu of the leased land. However, land being a state subject, the prerogative of whether land will leased or acquired will rest with the respective state governments. As suggested by the BJP, the government has agreed to give 50 per cent of compensation to the original farmer, whose land has been acquired since the introduction of Land Bill.

Though consensus has emerged over the and Bill and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has promised that they would not oppose it in Parliament, thus ensuring a smooth passage, however, DMK and Left parties have expressed their reservations over the bill. DMK leader T R Baalu claimed that the bill was against the federal structure of the constitution. CPI (M) leader Basudeb Acharya said that bill in its present form is a diluted one and his party will push for amendments.
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