Telangana Assembly Passes Land Acquisition Amendment Bill Amidst Ruckus
Hyderabad: The Telangana Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill (Telangana Amendment Act, 2016) was passed by the Telangana Legislative Assembly without any discussion on Sunday. It was passed in just ten minutes after the House met. This doesn’t mean that it was passed unanimously. While the opposition parties demanded discussion, the government not heeding to the opposition passed the Bill.
The House met specially on Sunday to pass the Telangana Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill (Telangana Amendment Act, 2016). Speaker A Madhusudhana Chary introduced the Bill in the House. Meanwhile, Congress party demanded a discussion on the plight of farmers in the State. As the members of the Congress staged a protest at the Speaker’s podium, the Bill was passed amidst the noisy protest. Taking advantage of the situation, the government strategically passed the Bill without any discussion.
Then the Speaker adjourned the House sine die. The Opposition parties are expressing anger at the attitude of the government. Some of the Congress members stayed in the House protesting against the government for its unilateral behaviour even after the Speaker adjourned the House.
As the BJP leaders were not allowed for the special session of Telangana Assembly, they staged a protest. The BJP leaders held a dharna at Gun Park and held a padayatra till the Assembly wearing black cloth. as the government which has called for a special session to pass The Telangana Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill (Telangana Amendment Act, 2016) did not allow them to enter the House.
Speaking to the media, BJP leader Kishan Reddy said, “In the last Assembly session the ruling party suspended us as we opposed reservations to Muslims on religious basis. This will only hurt the BC’s. This time by not allowing the BJP leaders into the House, they behaved dictatorially. KCR’s rule is against the principles of democracy and is reminding of the Nizam rule. The CM and Speaker have to explain which law will not allow members who were suspended in the last Assembly session. It is not good for the Speaker to play the role of a mere spectator. Only those who laud the CM are allowed and those who oppose are being put away…..they don’t want people who question. The TRS government will pay heavily for such behaviour.”