No compromise on Land Bill: WB CM

Trinamool Congress and other Opposition parties on Friday moved a motion against the land ordinance and urging for its immediate withdrawal.

Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee on Friday raised her sharpest pitch against the Centre on the ordinance dubbing it “draconian“ making it clear that her party would not comprise on this count.

The Chief Minister termed the land ordinance to be “anti-people”. “Land agitation is the right of farmers. This fact was brought to the national and international fore by Trinamool Congress. We strongly oppose the 100% acquisition clause (without consent),” she said.

It is to be noted that Trinamool is the only party which has consistently opposed the anti-people land bill. In 2006, party Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee even went on a 26-day hunger strike for the sake of farmers in Singur.

Trinamool walks out from LS to protest against land ordinance

Trinamool Congress MPs, led by Sudip Bandyopadhyay, walked out of the Lok Sabha today to register their protest against the land ordinance introduced by the Centre. Leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, slammed the government for introducing such an anti-farmer legislation.

Sudip Bandyopadhyay said, ”Our leader Mamata Banerjee led a rally opposing this Ordinance which has been introduced. We totally oppose it and will be walking out to register our protest against this Ordinance.”

Trinamool was the only party that opposed the land bill of the UPA II government and voted against it in Parliament.

Sudip Bandyopadhyay speaks on the Land Ordinance | Full Transcript

Full Transcript

Sir, the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Resettlement Bill, 2011 was debated on the floor of this House on 29th August, 2013. There was voting. The result of voting was 216 ayes and 19 noes. I moved an amendment. There was voting for that amendment too. Trinamool Congress opposed that Bill. Our leader Mamata Banerjee led a rally opposing this Ordinance which has been introduced. We totally oppose it and will be walking out to register our protest against this Ordinance.

Thank you.

Centre trying to gag voices of dissent, spreading communal tension: Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Congress today organised a massive protest rally against the NDA government’s proposed ordinance to bring in amendments to the Land Acquisition Act.

Chairperson Ms Mamata Banerjee led today’s rally against the ‘draconian ordinance’, as people from all segments of the society marched with her from from Moulali till Mayo Road near the Gandhi statue. The Chairperson launched an attack on the central government while addressing the gathering at Mayo Road.

Sudip Bandyopadhyay, who also spoke at the rally said, “The party has been consistent in its opposition to the forcible land acquisition policy. TMC was the only party to oppose UPA II’s land bill and call for division on the floor of Rajya Sabha in 2013.”

Highlights of the Chairperson’s speech:

My dear brothers and sisters. I thank you all for walking in today’s massive rally. This government has promulgated this ‘kala’ ordinance not once but twice.

Only TMC carried out people’s movement for farmers at a time when no one considered this issue. We carried out 26 day hunger strike for farmers of Singur. We fought for the people of Nandigram & Netai. We have always maintained transparency and consistency in our stand. We are against forcible land acquisition.


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Trinamool Chairperson at today’s rally

The Central Govt has taken several anti-people measures. From railway to retail, they are bringing FDI. The Central Govt is promoting communal violence. They are practising politics of divide and rule. The work of a government is to provide good governance. This govt is instead promoting communal violence. This Central Govt is one of empty promises. They only talk of giving funds. They have reduced allocations for most schemes.

We don’t want your money. Just stop taking our taxes.

This Govt is misusing CBI, ED, IT Dept, NIA for political purposes. People who were happy when BJP came to power are now saying “yeh achha din nahi hai”. Doordarshan has become BJP-Darshan. In Delhi CPM and BJP pretend to fight. But in Bengal they are bhai-bhai. PIL has become Political Interest Litigation now.

The Opposition will lose in Municipal Polls just like they lost at Bongaon & Krishnaganj. We have not come to power overnight. We have a history of struggle.

Why are they asking for accounts of Trinamool? We are a poor party. What about parties who spent crores for LS polls? The system is to submit accounts and records to EC. Why should we submit them to someone else?

We fought against CPM for 34 years. Now they cannot win polls. So all they do is appear on TV studios. Has the CPM forgotten about 21 July? Have they forgotten about Coochbehar? Dhonekhali? What has the CPM not done? People have not forgotten about their reign of terror.

A party which cannot protect its party HQ from its own workers wants to come to power in Bengal.


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Posters and banners at today’s rally

From land bill to any undemocratic, anti-people measures – we will protest against everything. Opposition trusts forces more than the people during elections, it seems.

Every time elections approach, Central agencies send notices to TMC. Let’s compete on the agenda of developmental work. I challenge the Opposition. The more they try to attack me, my resolve strengthens.

I have conducted 80 district tours. Secretariat goes to districts now, not the other way round. The slander campaign will be defeated. The smear propaganda will be silenced. People will win in a democracy. Despite all odds, Bengal is surging ahead on the path of development. Even if they take away our revenue, development will continue in Bengal.

Vote for Trinamool in the upcoming municipal polls. Shower us with your blessings. Our Mayor has done excellent work in last 5 years; he will do even better in future. Kolkata is cleaner and greener now. Vote for Trinamool. Vote for development.


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Chairperson addressing the rally at Mayo Road

TMC slams Govt in RS for overusing ordinances | Transcript

Leader of Trinamool Congress in Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien today slammed the Government for overusing ordinances. He was speaking on the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Full transcript:

Sir, I have only two lines on this Bill, but a little more to say on the Statutory Resolution of mine.

On the Bill itself we do not have any issue. It is a very good idea to merge PIO and OCI Schemes, and to make it easier for people to avail of this. In my own family, my wife and my brother are in this category. So this is very good, no issues at all on the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Sir, the issue is the broader one, of using ordinances and there has been a lot of talk in the last three weeks as to who used more ordinances.

I have to make 4-5 points on this, Sir. Please allow me to make these points.

Firstly Sir, let us look at the history of these ordinances, because the Finance Minister when he was here was throwing the numbers of 800 ordinances issued by the Congress. So I think we need to get some clarity on who is the bigger sinner here.

Let me give you some history Sir, and some real numbers.

When Pandit Nehru was the Prime Minister of India, if you take the numbers of bills passed to ordinances, for every 10 bills they passed there was one ordinance. Then we come to Janata Party, during the Janata Party Government, for every 10 bills they passed they had 1.5 ordinances. Then for every 10 bills of the Indira Gandhi government passed, it issued around two ordinances. UPA I and II, for every 10 bills passed, they had 1.9 ordinances. NDA, for 10 bills passed, they had two ordinances.

Now, you come to the real figure of the current Government, in the last nine months for every 10 bills passed, 4 ordinances have been passed. T

his is the first point, I want to register Sir, too many ordinances, but in the first place, why an ordinance?

Ordinance is when the Legislature is not in session and immediate action is required.

Now, what was the immediate action required?

There are three very relevant dates here Sir. First, the Prime Minister made a speech at the Madison Square Garden on September 28, 2014. Fine, I have no problem with that. On December 23, 2014 this Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha. We convened on February 23. What was hurry that Bill introduced on December 23 in the Lok Sabha that you had to bring an ordinance n January 6, 2015?
My contention is Sir, it was not required to be introduced in such a hurry.

Sir, let me give you two quick examples. There has been a good reason why there have been ordinances. Morarji Desai Government of 1978 issued an ordinance because of the demonetisation which took place of Rs 1000/5000/10000 currency notes. It was a matter of importance and urgency. In 2013, UPA II brought a Criminal Law Amendment Ordinance; we all know the reason why it was brought Sir.

Sir, the point here is this is an issue of propriety. Nobody says we do not want ordinances. The same issue now currently is becoming a major bone of contention, through the ordinance route, is the FDI in Insurance. The Bill is now a property of Rajya Sabha. Now we know another bill has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. The two bills are identical. All my colleagues have asked you for Ruling on this Sir. So, again it is creating some confusion.

Sir, I would not like to take up any more time. Just to remind this House that the makers of the Constitution and all the very senior people who have set up precedence here and have given us some examples. We must tread cautiously. We must tread carefully. This is the message I want to leave to the Government today. Please tread cautiously and please do not bulldoze your way and remember what the first Speaker of the Lok Sabha said.

The first Speaker of Lok Sabha said, “If ordinances were not limited by convention only to extreme and urgent cases, the Government may go on issuing ordinances and Parliament will have no option but to be a rubber stamp.”

Sir, let it be known that nobody wants and nobody can make this August House a rubber stamp. As I said, we do not have any issue on the Bill, but I thought within the Rules of this great Parliamentary democracy, I could use this opportunity to bring up my Statutory Resolution to make my points on dangers of misusing ordinances.

I want to also assure the Minister that when the Statutory Resolution is moved in the end, I won’t move it, so he can breathe easily.

Exploitation of tribals must be prevented: Saugata Roy on Mines & Minerals Ordinance

Saugata Roy slammed the Central Government today over the Mines and Minerals Ordinance in Lok Sabha, calling it ‘anti-tribal’.

Saugata Roy, who is also a signatory to the Statutory Resolution disapproving the Ordinance, said, “I feel the Government is actually playing with the process of the legislation.”

He mentioned that the Ordinance was not a mere piece of legislation but impacts the of socio-economic aspect of the life and culture of the poor tribal people.

“The strange thing is that places which are mineral rich, the people are abysmally poor. No exploration, no exploitation should be allowed which does not improve the condition of the people living in these areas. This should prove the bedrock of all our policies on mineral exploration”, said Saugata Roy.

He also disapproved of the amemdment in increase of number of years of lease from 30 years to 50 years marking it as a gimmick to entice the
MNCs into the auction procedure, only further leading to decline in quality of life of the tribal groups in the vicinity.

Click here for the complete transcript of the speech. 


Trinamool consistently opposed draconian Land Bill: Derek

Statement by Derek O’Brien, National Spokesperson and Chief Whip in Rajya Sabha:

We are glad that many parties are now coming around to oppose the Land Ordinance.

Trinamool has been consistent. We strongly opposed even the UPA 2 Land Bill and called for voting in RS. This one too is draconian.

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Trinamool protests against Land Ordinance

Continuing its protests against the ordinance to amend the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday burnt symbolic copies of the ordinance in Kolkata.

The protests comes a day after Chief Minister and party chairperson Mamata Banerjee described the ordinance as a ‘black law’ and said that she will not implement the law in West Bengal.

The protests, which were held in the Esplanade area of the city, was led by senior Trinamool leader and chief whip in the West Bengal Assembly Sovandeb Chattopadhyay.

Stating that the ordinance was against the interests of farmers, Mr Chattopadhyay dubbed the ordinance as “draconian and undemocratic.”

He said that by resorting to an ordinance, the Centre not only “bypassed Parliament, but also did not hold any discussions with Chief Ministers.”

“Our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a 26-day long fast against forcible land acquisition at Singur in Hooghly district,” Mr. Chattopadhyay said, adding that no one can forcibly occupy the land of farmers from the State.

“Mamata Banerjee cannot disassociate herself from her sentiments regarding the issue (of forcible land acquisition) and hence she declared that she would not allow the Centre to implement the ordinance in West Bengal,” he told media persons.

TMC slams Govt for taking Ordinance route

Statement by Derek O’Brien, National Spokesperson and Chief Whip in Rajya Sabha:

Extremely unethical to avoid & bypass the democratic process. What value does it serve to bulldoze the democratic process?

তৃণমূল কংগ্রেসের জাতীয় মুখপাত্র ও রাজ্যসভায় মুখ্য সচেতক, ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েনের বিবৃতি:

এটা গণতান্ত্রিক ব্যবস্থাকে এড়িয়ে অনৈতিক পদক্ষেপ। গণতন্ত্রকে এভাবে ধ্বংস করার মানে কি?