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BSP, BJP Force Adjournements In Rajya Sabha

PTI 01 Aug 2011, 14:22:29 IST

New Delhi, Aug 1 : BSP and Opposition BJP forced adjournment of the Rajya Sabha on the opening day of the Monsoon session of Parliament, protesting delay in introduction of new law on land acquisition and scams, including 2G spectrum.

The Upper House witnessed uproarious scenes, both in the Question Hour and at noon with BSP members trooping into the well and shouting slogans, blaming the Congress-led UPA government for the plight of the farmers.

BJP, on the other hand, sought to corner the government on various scams which are hogging the headlines.

In an apparent bid to turn the table on Congress which has launched a movement against land acquisition in Mayawati-ruled Uttar Pradesh, MPs from her party made a strong demand for early introduction of new land acquisition amendment bill. The Congress is working hard to gain ground in the state which goes to elections next year.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had promised a new law which will give a fair deal to those displaced by land acquisition. Gandhi had also supported the farmers' agitation in Greater Noida on Delhi's outskirts.
New Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has since released a draft bill, which has provisions for higher compensation and rehabilitation of farmers losing land.PTI