The ruling Congress party is in a quandary over introducing the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill and the Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill in parliament after stiff opposition to the proposed legislations by alliance partner Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress.
The government was intending to
introduce the two bills during the current session of parliament, but this was
scuttled by Banerjee at Thursday night's cabinet meeting when she reportedly threatened
to walk out if the legislations were approved.
With Banerjee, who is railway minister, asserting that she would oppose the bills if they were introduced in the Lok Sabha, 'we are not so much in favor of pushing it unilaterally to avoid any embarrassment', a senior minister told IANS.