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NDA's Land Bill: Farmer Gajendra Singh's suicide bad omen; opposition may move adjournment motion today

The issue was discussed in the Union Cabinet on Wednesday evening and Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in both the Houses.

Apr 23, 2015, 06.48 AM IST
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The issue was discussed in the Union Cabinet on Wednesday evening and Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in both the Houses. 
The issue was discussed in the Union Cabinet on Wednesday evening and Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in both the Houses. 
NEW DELHI: The suicide by Gajendra Singh, a farmer from Rajasthan, has created new worries for the government on the land acquisition bill as this incident has given fresh ammunition to the opposition to allege that the dispensation is “anti-farmer” and is trying to pass this legislation only to serve the interest of the corporates.

Congress and other opposition parties are likely to give adjournment motion and suspension of Question Hour notices in both Houses of Parliament on Thursday and demand a discussion and reply from the government, sources said. Meanwhile, the government is in a spot as its troubles have been compounded by the fact that Rajya Sabha resumes on Thursday and the Opposition will raise the issue strongly and link it to the land acquisition bill.

The issue was discussed in the Union Cabinet on Wednesday evening and Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in both the Houses on the issue, sources said. Soon after the news of the suicide by the 41-year-old farmer came in, Rajnath Singh called up Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Police Commissioner BS Bassi and then ordered an inquiry.

Realising that the suicide will impact the fate of the land bill, government swung into action immediately to counter its political repercussions. Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda and Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Baliyan visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. The doctors informed the ministers that Gajendra Singh was brought dead.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the suicide on his twitter handle. “Gajendra’s death has saddened the Nation. We are all deeply shattered & disappointed. Condolences to his family... At no point must the hardworking farmer think he is alone. We are all together in creating a better tomorrow for the farmers of India,” Modi said. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi pipped Nadda and Baliyan to the post by reaching the hospital before them.

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