1. Land Bill: Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Sharad Yadav, others to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan

Land Bill: Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Sharad Yadav, others to march to Rashtrapati Bhavan

Congress is playing a key role in the protest against Land Bill, including the finalisation of the draft of the memorandum, which will be submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 17, 2015 12:16 PM
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NCP Leaders and MPs led by party Chief Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel meeting former PM Manmohan Singh at his residence in New Delhi. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

Giving a message of larger opposition unity, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will march with leaders of at least ten parties from Parliament House to President House today and submit a memorandum against the new land bill.

The march is being coordinated by JD-U President Sharad Yadav.

Sources in the Opposition said that Congress is playing a key role in the protest including the finalization of the draft of the memorandum, which will be submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday evening.

Former Prime Minister and JDS chief H D Devegowda, CPI-M’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi, SP’s Ramgopal Yadav, DMK’s Kanimozhi, INLD’s Dushyant Chautala and RJD’s Prem Chand Gupta are expected to participate in the march.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad is coordinating the draft finalisation from the Congress side.

Sonia’s attending the Opposition march is significant as neither she nor Rahul Gandhi on sabbatical, was here on Monday to lead the Congress protest against land acquisition at Jantar Mantar, which was a culmination of its padyatra from Bhatta Parsaul village that began four days back.

Manmohan Singh’s attending the event is also significant as it comes days after the Congress chief led a march from party headquarters to the former Prime Minister’s residence to express solidarity after Singh was summoned in a coal scam case.

Mahila Congress held a similar march to Manmohan’s residence. NSUI is today holding another such march to express solidarity with Singh.

Congress fielding Singh along with Sonia in the march is another attempt by the party to show that it is rallying strongly behind the former Prime Minister.

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  1. Rajashekhar Aradhya
    Mar 17, 2015 at 10:27 am
    1. M
      Mar 17, 2015 at 11:27 am
      The treasure trove of Forests and Earth's resources had become like a golden goose for the hungry corporate bedfellows of all political parties including Cong and BJP. UPA had done much more harm to environment by giving EC for various mines in Karnataks and Goa. When Raja was the minister between 2006-2008, more than 2000 environmental clearances were given which includes 169 mines in Goa. Raja had also packed his men in the expert appraisal committee (EAC), which is responsible for granting clearances to various projects. Both Jayanthi Natarajan and Veerappa Moily had recklessly cleared various projects having disastrous environmental impacts. Those whohad high expectation on the BJP government are disappointed now. The WGEEP Report on western Ghats submitted in August 2011 by Madhav Gadgil has been trashed by UPA. In September 2014, the MoEF had decided to stick with the unstudied, erroneous and undemocratic report by Kasturirangan. This is much more disappointing
      1. H
        Mar 17, 2015 at 9:49 am
        Youth icon Rahulji considering the aspirations of young Indians for jobs and development, is whether keeping away from the obstruction politics of all opposition protest ?
        1. Ramesh
          Mar 17, 2015 at 10:43 am
          After March than what? This bill is design for every citizen living in this country. The Nation needs employment and eradicate poverty from every part of India than this bill has be to ped in this session only.

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