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Modi to allay farmers’ fears on land bill

Modi to allay farmers’ fears on land bill
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Unable to push the proposed Land Bill in upper house of Parliament with strong resentment from the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to take up this contentious issue “directly with the farmers.” His next broadcast on popular radio programme Mann Ki Baat on the All India Radio will focus on the farmers. The programme would go on air coming Sunday.

Regarding this particular broadcast Modi had tweeted, “I will have Mann ki Baat with farmer brothers and sisters on March 22. I want to hear from farmer friends and want them to write letters to me.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of Congress workers on Monday clashed with police during a protest against the BJP Government’s Land Acquisition Bill, saying it was anti-farmer. Police resorted to lathi-charge and used water cannons, leading to injuries to some including Youth Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Brar, when Congress workers tried to break barricades at Jantar Mantar to proceed towards Parliament.

The land bill which was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 10 after the NDA government carried out nine amendments, persuading most of its allies to support it. The Bill will now be considered in the Rajya Sabha where the numbers are not in favour of the NDA government. 

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