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Ordinance row: BJP hits back at Cong, asks were Nehru, Indira ‘dictators’?

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, however, added that the government will try to address the opposition's concerns over ordinances issued by it when they come up for Parliament's approval during the next session.

Attacking Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her remarks in the CWC meeting on Wednesday that Modi government had 'dictatorial tendencies', Naidu said if their political adversaries seek to stall their development agenda, they cannot remain "helpless".

As many as 195 ordinances were issued by Indira Gandhi government and 70 by Nehru's, the first Prime Minister, he said. "Sonia Gandhi should clarify if Nehru was a dictator or a democrat. How does she describe Indira Gandhi? Was she a dictator?" Naidu told reporters. During 1971-77, Indira Gandhi issued a record 99 ordinances at a "strike rate" of two ordinances every three months, he said. The Rajiv Gandhi government issued 35 ordinances. All these regimes enjoyed big mandate, he said.

Even the United Front government supported by the Congress and the Left issued 77 ordinances during their reign between 96-98, he said.

Cong launches stir against land ordinance in Bhatta Parsaul

Congress on Wednesday launched its agitation against the land acquisition ordinance with a meeting of farmers here and accused the Narendra Modi government of "snatching away all the rights" given to the people by the erstwhile UPA regime. Addressing the gathering, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said the UPA govt had given the farmers rights of their land but the BJP regime is reversing the measures. 

It was in this village from where Rahul Gandhi had started the party's protests in 2011 against farm
land acquisition.

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