Venkaiah Naidu flays Congress on land ordinance

HYDERABAD: Union minister for urban development M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reiterated that his government was keen on getting the Land Acquisition Bill passed under any circumstances.

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  • Says it is meant to benefit poor farmers
  • BJP would launchA� massive campaign in favour of Bill


Speaking to mediapersons here, Venkaiah said development process in the country would come to a grinding halt and farmers would be affected drastically and many projects would get delayed if the government fails to amend the Land Act. He said the Centre proposed nine amendments to the Act after eliciting opinions from all the States as well as Union Territories in the country. He observed that it was not wise to oppose the bill for the opposition sake. The Union minister further said the Congress leaders, who were not able to digest the zooming popularity of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, were doing their best to prevent Prime Minister Narendra Modi from getting more popular on account of his good governance.

Venkaiah Naidu lashed out at the Congress party for opposing Land Acquisition Ordinance. He maintained that amendments to the Land Bill are purely aimed to benefit poor farmers and hasten the process of development in the country. He urged the Opposition parties to support the ordinance and pass the Bill in Parliament. Naidu blamed the Opposition leaders, including AICC president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi, former ministers P. Chidambaram, Jai Ram Ramesh and others who were spreading rumors about the Land Acquisition Bill for narrow political gains at the cost of development of the country. a�?There is no merit in the Oppositiona��s arguments in opposing the bill. The Congress brought the Land Act with full of mistakes and if they (BJP) could not amend it then all the 13 Acts will remain uselessa�?, he added.

Venkaiah said his party has decided to launch a massive campaigning to provide information to citizens against the misinformation campaign of the Congress regarding the ordinance on land acquisition. He also observed that the Congress was working against development. He also maintained that those who kept silent on religious conversions were becoming violent on re-conversions. He felt that both conversions as well as dedications were not good for the society.

Telangana State BJP president G. Kishan Reddy suspected SIMI hand behind the Nalgonda shoot-out which claimed lives of three police personnel. He demanded that the incident should be viewed very seriously and get it investigated by the National Investigation Agency since the activities of the terrorists were inter-State.

On the occasion, Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Bandaru Dattatraya felicitated N. Ramchander Rao, who was recently elected from the Hyderabad-Rangareddu-Mahbubnagar Graduates constituency. BJP floor leader in Telangana Assembly Lakshman, Kishan Reddy, Chintala Ramachandra Reddy and others were present. (NSS)

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