Land Acquisition Bill: How the day unfolded
"I am happy that Land Acquisition Bill has been passed," said Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
New Delhi: 10 PM: Lok Sabha passes the Land Acquisition Bill. "I am happy that Land Acquisition Bill has been passed," said Vice President Rahul Gandhi
8:51 PM: While talking on the Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that he is relieved.
7:52 pm: Voting on amendments in the Land Acquisition Bill begins in Lok Sabha.
7:20 pm: Union Minister Jairam Ramesh while talking about the Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha, said, "I have tried to bring all the parties together; but it may happen that all the parties may be dissatisfied because everyone will have different opinions about the issue."
3:09 pm: JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav says in Lok Sabha, "It is very crucial that we make tough laws to control population, Unless we control the fast growing population, no bills will help."
2:02 pm: BJP President Rajnath Singh initiates debate on the Land Bill amidst uproar in the Lok Sabha.
2:01 pm: On economic situation, the Prime Minister in Lok Sabha said, "I respect the concerns expressed on economy and rupee. I will make a statemnt in the House tomorrow."
12:31 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm as members create uproar demanding that the Prime Minister to make a statement on the economic situation.
12:22 pm: The Land Bill is introduced in Lok Sabha with 166 amendments incorporated. Both the amendments of the BJP are incorporated.
12:12 pm: BJP leader Arun Jaitley says both members in the Parliamentary Committee are from the government and the Opposition's views are never taken. Union Minister Rajiv Shukla hit back saying, "Let the House decide."
12:11 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12:30 pm as members demand PM's reply on economic crisis and falling rupee.
12:10 pm: Union Minister Jairam Ramesh introduces Land Acquisition Bill in Lok Sabha.
11:28 am: Lok Sabha is adjourned after uproar by members on the falling rupee and economic crisis.
11:21 am: Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Kamal Nath says that the Prime Minister will make a in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
11:19 am: Union Minister Anand Sharma clarifies his statement to check gold import in the Rajya Sabha. He says its for the Reserve Bank of India to decide and that it is out of his jurisdiction.
11:17 am: Left leader Basudeb Acharya raised concern over the country's economic situation in Lok Sabha and demanded the Prime Minister to make a statement in the House. "It is a concern that despite the announcement of 10 steps by the Finance Minister, the value of rupee declined. This is because of the new liberal policy of the government," he said.
11:13 am: Janata Dal united leader Sharad Yadav said the currency fall leads to major problems for the state.
11:13 am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the economic crisis. He said, "We do not deny that domestic factors are hurting economy. Global factors like the US stimulus issue is also hurting economy."
11:10 am: Trinamool Congress leader Sougata Roy demanded a statement from the Prime Minister on drastic steps being taken by the government to boost the economy. "The chances of war in Syria will raise the oil prices," he said.
The Opposition has cornered the government over the economic crisis and falling rupee in Parliament. On Wednesday, the rupee closed at an all-time low of 68.80 versus the US dollar. The rupee is continuing with its free fall and markets are also plunging. BSE Sensex has gone below 18,000 mark and Nifty below 5,400 mark in this month.
Meanehile, the Lok Sabha is likely to discuss Congress Vice President Raghul Gandhi's pet project Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill on Thursday. After the passage of the Food Security Bill, the Congress is looking forward to the passage of this Bill in the Monsoon Session.