Rahul says pressure by Congress led to Govt ‘U-turn’ on Land Bill

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015,19:09 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today claimed that it was the Congress’ pressure on the amendments in the Land Bill that led to the government making a ‘U turn’ on the Bill.
The BJP members in the Joint Parliamentary committee looking into the Land Bill yesterday moved amendments in the Joint Parliamentary Committee, seeking to bring back key provisions of UPA’s land law, including consent clause and social impact assessment by dropping the changes brought by the NDA government last year.
Talking to reporters here during the demonstration by Congress MPs in Parliament to protest the suspension of 25 Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha, Mr Gandhi said, ”They shouted, made noise, threatened and later made a U-turn and ran off.”
MPs from both Houses of Parliament, led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, gathered before the Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament  complex here this morning and held protest wearing black bands.
Mr Gandhi said notwithstanding the suspension of the 25 MPs, the party would continue to agitate for the resignations of the NDA Ministers and BJP Chief Ministers.
“We will keep up the pressure against the government. They can throw us all out of Parliament, we will not be deterred. It is not the Congress that is asking for their resignations, but the people of India want their resignations,” Mr Gandhi told reporters.
The party, along with eight other like-minded Opposition parties, has also decided to boycott the proceedings in the Lok Sabha during the period of suspension of the MPs.
Yesterday, amid trooping into the Well and display of placards, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered suspension of the 25 MPs for five days.