Mann Ki Baat: Modi Backtracks on Land Bill


New Delhi: In his address to the nation on his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, owing to the severe opposition and protest of the opposition parties, his government will allow the controversial Land Bill to lapse tomorrow, but the PM also said that no one should be allow to mislead the farmers.

‘Tomorrow the land bill will lapse and I have agreed to it. Due to the problems the ordinance also has been affected,” the Prime Minister said. “The government will not promulgate land ordinance, but will include 13 points to reform the land acquisition law to benefit farmers.”

These 13 points, “which were meant to provide direct financial benefit to the farmers, are being brought under the rules effective from today so that the farmers do not face financial losses,” PM Modi said, inviting suggestions for further improvement.

Taking a dig at the opposition Congress, which has been fighting the land bill tooth and nail, PM Modi said “rumors” have been spread about Land Acquisition Bill which has scared the farmers. “We do not want that… The government is open to any suggestion in the interest of farmers.”

Expressing deep anguish over the patel community protest in Gujarat, PM said, “the disastrous dance of violence have distressed the nation. It is usual for the entire nation to be pained and anguished if this happens in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel.”