NEW DELHI: Alleging that the ordinance government approved for changes in land acquisition Act was to "dilute" its benefit to favour "corporates", JD(U) today demanded its immediate withdrawal failing which it threatened a nationwide stir by the Janta Parivar.
"By taking the ordinance route, government is trying to avoid any kind of debate on such important issues. JD(U) strongly opposes the ordinance on Land Acquisition Act to dilute its benefit in favour of industrial houses and corporates...
"...and demands that the same should be withdrawn with immediate effect failing which the Janta Parivar will launch a stir all over the country," JD(U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said in a statement.
The reaction comes after the government today recommended promulgation of an ordinance making significant changes in the Land Acquisition Act including removal of consent clause for acquiring land for five areas of industrial corridors, PPP projects, rural infrastructure, affordable housing and defence.
The Janta Parivar which came together recently include Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (Secular), RJD, Janata Dal (United), Indian National Lok Dal and Samajwadi Janata Party.
Tyagi alleged that by bringing in the amendment through the ordinance in the new Land Acquisition Act, the government has "diluted" the core provisions made to protect the interest of farmers in favour of industrialists and PPP projects.
Noting that the first speaker of Parliament P G Mavalankar had said in 1950 that promulgation of ordinances is "inherently undemocratic", Tyagi said that by bringing such an ordinance, government has also "disrespected" Parliament.