Monsoon session: BJP top brass plan strategy; Modi govt to re-promulgate land ordinance 4th time

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New Delhi, July 20 Top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) met at the Prime Minister’s official 7 Race Course Road residence here to discuss party strategy ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament.

Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu, along with BJP president Amit Shah were among those who were present in the meeting.

The party leadership reportedly discussed the strategy for the session as opposition parties have closed their ranks against the government on various issues including Vyapam scam, Lalit Modi controversy and the Socio Economic and Caste Census.

Govt to re-promulgate land ordinance

The Narendra Modi government is likely to promulgate the land ordinance for an unprecedented fourth time after conclusion of Parliament’s Monsoon Session, with no consensus still in sight on the contentious bill.

The Joint Committee of Parliament headed by BJP MP S S Ahluwalia, which is looking into the contentious legislation, meanwhile plans to seek a two-week extension till August 3 to finalize its report.

Indications are that the panel is unlikely to come out with its report during the Monsoon Session and could seek further extension, making it necessary for the government to re-promulgate the ordinance once again. The ordinance was promulgated for the third time on May 31.

Sources in the government see nothing unusual in the re-promulgation of the land ordinance. They said at least 15 ordinances have been promulgated twice or more.

An ordinance, which has a life span of six months otherwise, has to be re-promulgated if it does not get the endorsement of Parliament within six weeks of the start of a session. Monsoon Session starts on July 21 and ends on August 3.

Congress, which has been opposing the new land bill brought by the Narendra Modi government, had fiercely attacked it when the ordinance was re-promulgated on May 31.

Sources in the government, however, say that at least six ordinances have been promulgated thrice during various governments including UPA-II.

The Joint Committee of Parliament, which is struggling to arrive at some sort of consensus on the vexed land issue, had earlier decided to seek one week’s extension till July 28. However, as it was not found sufficient, it decided to have its tenure extended further till August 3.

Out of 672 representations that the committee received, 670 have opposed the amendments being brought by the NDA government in the land bill, particularly dropping the consent clause and social impact survey.

So far, 52 representatives have also appeared before the committee.

(With Agency Inputs)

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