New Delhi: AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, who is the convener of Sunday’s farmers rally, dared the Centre to an open debate on the land acquisition issue. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Nitin Gadkari say that they are ready for a debate. If that was the case, why did they bring the ordinance? Gadkari talks of debate in such a way as if he was throwing a challenge. I, as well as Jairam Ramesh, are ready for such a debate wherever they like,” said Mr Singh.
Mr Ramesh said the website would serve as a medium through which farmers in rural and urban areas could place their views and problems. “Congress will try to take their issues to the government,” he said, adding that the website, to be updated daily, will provide all related information on the issue of land acquisition.
The rally and coming together of the Janata Parivar will set the tone of the second phase of the Budget Session of Parliament, which begins on Monday. The Session is expected to witness confrontation between the government and the Opposition on the land Bill.
Meanwhile, the Congress will lead a “decisive fight inside and outside Parliament” on farmers’ issues and take the battle to its logical conclusion, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi made it clear during his interaction with farmers from five states on Saturday.
In fact, it was the first policy statement he made after returning from a nearly two-month sabbatical suggesting that the Congress was taking a left-of-centre position by shifting from the “pro-reform” policy it adopted in 1991.
Mr Gandhi assured the farmers that he and the Congress “will lead a decisive fight inside and outside Parliament and will take it to a logical conclusion”. He also called upon the farmers and landless labourers to make the party’s “Kisan Khet Majdoor rally” a success....