BENGALURU: The government has decided to give a quiet burial to the Karnataka Land Reforms Bill, which sought to increase the income ceiling limit for non-agriculturists to buy agricultural land from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 25 lakh per annum.
An embarrassed government did not discuss the legislation after it was introduced in the assembly on Monday. Even as the BJP had planned to oppose the bill on grounds that it was only to facilitate realtors, politicians and those with money to buy huge tracts of land and leave them vacant for speculative gain, the Congress found itself in a spot as its party leader Sonia Gandhi is opposing the NDA government's land acquisition bill.
Criticizing the land reforms bill, Congress MLA Tanveer Sait questioned the government's logic in giving interest-free loans up to Rs 3 lakh to farmers, and on the other hand, allowing land developers buy their lands.
Party chief whip in the assembly Ashok M Pattan said: "The bill was neither discussed in the CLP nor approved by the high command. This drama of introducing the legislation and withdrawing it has dented the government's image.''
Law minister T B Jayachandra confirmed the bill has been withdrawn and that the government would come up with a new one that is farmer-friendly.