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New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament resumes today. The government plans to table the new land ordinance in the Lok Sabha, where the government has a solid majority.
Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge said his party will participate in the debate, but "have sent a resolution and we will oppose the bill tooth and nail."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that he is looking forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues.
"Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues," Modi said in his tweet.
The controversial land bill issue is expected to generate much heat in Lok Sabha with the government deciding to table the new land ordinance on the very first day of the second half of Budget session.
While the Lok Sabha reconvenes today, the Rajya Sabha will start a new session from 23 April. It was prorogued to allow the government to issue a new ordinance or emergency order on land acquisition, incorporating nine amendments cleared by the Lok Sabha in the first part of the Budget session.
Speaking to Times Now, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said that important issues like black money and GST need to be discussed during the Budget Session.
"Land bill is in the interest of the farmers and we have brought the bill after consultation with other states. We are not intimidated. We don't even know when the Congress leadership will go missing in action, Naidu said taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi's almost two-month-long sabbatical.
Naidu added: "They are issue-less, because there is no scam and prices have come down. Congress is criticising us after we have been in power for 9 months. They forget what they did to India in 50 years under their rule."
He alleged that Congress is "politicising" the land acquisition issue unmindful of the consequences for development of the country.
To buttress his point, Naidu also quoted from a purported interview of former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh to a magazine wherein Ramesh was reported to have said that excluding 13 acts from the purview of the land act of 2013 was 'real politics'.
Naidu expressed bewilderment over Ramesh saying in the said interview, as to how would it matter even if projects are delayed by three to four years on account of the provisions of land Act of 2013 like the consent clause and social impact assessment (SIA).
"Such delays would result in time and cost overruns to which several Congress Chief Ministers have objected to while seeking changes in the land Act of 2013 proposed by the Congress led UPA Government," he said.
Naidu also ridiculed Congress' allegation that the changes proposed by the NDA government would be used to acquire lands for the "benefit of RSS-affiliated organisations" and assets that it shall never be done.
According to the schedule of business, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy will lay on the table a copy of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, promulgated by the President on April 3 under Article 123(2)(a) of Constitution.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also make a statement regarding the 'Recent Developments in the Republic of Yemen and efforts made for safe evacuation of Indian nationals from there'.
The Budget session will conclude on May 8. The Rajya Sabha is having a new session from April 23 that will end on May 13.
On the eve of resumption of Budget Session, Modi yesterday voiced hope that it would be full of "outcomes", noting that the productivity of Parliament has "reached 125 percent" since his government came to power.
With Parliament set to witness a stormy session over a host of issues, including the land bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu asked BJP MPs to be present in their House throughout.
The land acquisition ordinance, which the government could not get converted into a legislation in the first half of the budget session in Parliament due to stiff opposition in Rajya Sabha, was re-promulgated on April 3, a day before it was to lapse.
With inputs from PTI