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TMC to Oppose Land Bill, Raise Corruption Issues in Parliament

Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sudip Bandopadhya also said that the party would fight for upholding the rights of the state in federal structure.

Published: 20th July 2015 09:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th July 2015 09:53 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

KOLKATA: The parliamentary party of Trinamool Congress today decided to oppose the land acquisition bill proposed by the BJP and corner the central government over corruption issues in the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning tomorrow.

"Our major agenda in this Parliament session is our commitment to fight corruption," Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay told reporters here.

Asked if the party would raise the Lalit Modi issue and the Vyapam scandal in Parliament, he said, "We are against all kinds of corruption."

A meeting of TMC MPs, both in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, was convened today by party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat to chalk out a strategy for the Monsoon session of Parliament.

On whether the party would raise its voice against  Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on the floor of the House, he said, "We will decide it on the floor of the House."

Bandopadhaya also said that the party would oppose the land bill and demand it's scrapping. The party would also convene an all-party meeting on this issue.

"We are totally against the land acquisition bill. We are the only party in Parliament which had opposed this bill. We are of the opinion that this bill should be withdrawn and an all-party meeting be convened," Bandopadhaya said.

Bandopadhya also said that the party would fight for upholding the rights of the state in federal structure.

"State governments are being economically deprived. The federal structure is being challenged at every stage. We will go all out against it. It is our firm conviction that even after independence, regional imbalances are taking place," he said.

"Mamata Banerjee had taken up this issue with the central governments - both UPA and NDA. But no step was taken. So this will be our most primary issue in Parliament," Bandopadhaya said.



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