Land Acquisition Bill issue could prove as "Live Giving" for Congress
HARISH DIDO | 23 Mar 2015

The march of 14 political parties against Modi Government on the issue of Land Acquisition Bill on Tuesday cannot be taken lightly. It looks that the opposition – which was so far looking slow, desperate, frustrated because of total sweep of the Congress – has got a new life ignition from this Bill.

  They have raised the big issue of public interest at the right time and the credit goes to Congress President Sonia Gandhi.  She has proved that despite long break, she has not become lazy and she could be on roads in the need of hour.  With this, the directionless Congress has got new consciousness and feeling.

Sonia has given an indication that she is top most among all the leaders in the party and there is no confusion in the party about leadership.  The most important is that the Congress is getting success in uniting its workers and perhaps looks to be a 'do or die' situation.  In case, the Congress is not in a position to revive its old status, the coming days would be more difficult. 

In 2004 also, Sonia has united the party workers like this in the opposition.  Keeping in view the present circumstances, INLD, Samajwadi Party and Left parties have also joined hands with the Congress while RJD, JDU and DMK are already standing with them.  Even Trinmul Congress, keeping aside all differences  have decided to stand by it because in West Bengal, the Land Acquisition Bill issue has proved a boon for them to come in power and wants to keep itself in the fore front.

In all these political parties, the farmer's issue is more important and it becomes compulsory to unite, to save their own image from BJP. In Bihar, Lalu, Nitish and Congress are jointly planning to challenge BJP.  However, the BSP, AIDMK and BJD – important regional parties – are little away from this Opposition strategy.  For BSP and AIDMK it could be due to allergy from SP and DMK while for BJD, Food Security Bill is more important. The Central Government has made amendments to the extent to satisfy the regional parties. In the new laws, not only the rights of state governments are being reduced rather auction of only 20 percent mining is possible. 

Frankly speaking, at  a glance it seems to be reducing the powers of states but it is considered that through these arrangements, a favour to retain the benefits in their own pockets , is being given to the state governments to deal directly with the companies and giving relaxation to the ruling parties.