NDA has numbers to pass Land Acquisition Bill in joint Parliament session, says Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

California, June 23: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the NDA government could consider calling a joint session of Parliament if the Rajya Sabha stalled the passing of the Land Acquisition Bill.

Speaking at a presentation on India’s economic future, Jaitley said the government is still hopeful about not having to reach that situation, and if it had to, it had the numbers as per the constitutional mechanism.

Jaitley said the government would like to make sure that this landmark reform in India does take place, but refused to give a time line for convening a joint session of Parliament.

The Finance Minister said the BJP and its coalition partners have enough numbers to get the bill passed if there is a joint session, adding that the bill is currently before the Parliamentary Joint Committee.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of a public event at the Stanford University, Arun Jaitley said that assessing authorities in India would continue to do their job with regard to the probe into the over Rs 11 crore transaction between Dushyant Singh and Lalit Modi.

Asserting that his remarks on this issue were misinterpreted, Jaitley said “I have never used such a word. That is never part of my domain.”

When asked about opposition’s allegations that his remarks that the loan given to Singh by Modi, the former IPL chief, was a commercial transaction, amounted to giving clean chit to the BJP MP.

“That is clear misinterpretation of (what I said). Whatever various assessing authorities in India have to do, its their job. They would continue to do that,” Jaitley said.

Singh, son of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, has been under attack over media reports that his company received Rs 11.63 crore in investments from Modi in 2008.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Raje have been facing flak for “helping” Modi in procuring travel documents in the UK, a country which he has made his home to avoid legal processes in India.

(With Agency Inputs)

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