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Land ordinance unacceptable: Sonia Gandhi

March27/ 2015

New Delhi, March 27: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday accused the government of favouring industrialists in the land acquisition ordinance, which she said was an “unabashed display of half truths”.

“Regrettable that anyone championing the voice of the distressed farmer and needy farm labourer is being branded ‘anti-national’ by a myopic (Narendra) Modi government bending backwards to favour select industrialists,” Gandhi said in a letter to union minister Nitin Gadkari.

Gandhi was responding to Gadkari’s letter seeking the opposition’s support for the land acquisition bill.

She also noted that the “fundamental difference” between the Congress and the BJP was in the way the two parties understand “farmer’s distress and loss of livelihood” by acquiring land without safeguards.

“Being pro-farmer is not being anti-growth,” she added.

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