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Sonia Should Have Got Land Acquisition Act Amended: BSP

Lucknow: Reacting to Sonia Gandhi's statement on land acquisition, the BSP said that instead of giving her views on the issue, the Congress president should have got the Land Acquisition Act amended in Parliament. "The
PTI September 10, 2010 10:03 IST
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Lucknow: Reacting to Sonia Gandhi's statement on land acquisition, the BSP said that instead of giving her views on the issue, the Congress president should have got the Land Acquisition Act amended in Parliament.

"The Congress president's statement is laughable. Instead of giving the statement, the Congress-led UPA government should have brought a bill in Parliament to amend the Land Acquisition Bill," a party spokesman said here.

The BSP spokesman said that Gandhi should have forced the government to bring a bill to amend the land acquisition rules in the Monsoon session and get the Act, framed in 1894, amended in the interest of farmers.

"The Congress aims only to do politics on this issue," he alleged.

Speaking at a public function, Sonia Gandhi today favoured a balanced approach in securing land for industrial purposes without losing large fertile tracts.

"New industries and infrastructure cannot be built without acquiring land. This is obvious and there is no argument about it...But land acquisition must be done in a manner that it does not result into the loss of large tracts of fertile and productive agriculture land," she said. PTI