Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah formed an eight-member committee to seek farmers' suggestions on the proposed land acquisition legislation.

The committee, of which former Union Minister Satyapal Malik is the convener, will hold discussions with farmers and other organisations on land acquisition.
The Committee comprises seven party MPs, including Malik, and has a chartered accountant too. The other members of the Committee are MPs Bhupender Yadav, Ram Narayan Dudi, Hukam Dev Narayan, Rakesh Singh, Sanjay Dhotre and Suresh Angadi, besides a chartered accountant Gopal Agarwal.

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Several farmers' organisations have voiced serious concerns on the proposed amendments in the bill, fearing that it will be detrimental to farmers' interests.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has so far met with representatives of 27 such organisations and more meetings are slated.
Government is claiming that the amended bill to replace the land acquisition ordinance is "pro-farmer" but the opposition parties have termed it as "anti-farmer" and have opposed the move in both Houses of Parliament.

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill 2015 will replace an Ordinance which had been promulgated by the NDA government on December 30 last year.

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The opposition parties, led by the Congress, vociferously opposed the Bill on the floor of the House. The Congress staged a walkout.

Introducing the Bill, Rural Development Minister Birender Singh said: "I have received the objections of the members but this can be discussed when the bill is taken into consideration."

Civil society activists led by Anna Hazare, are protesting on the issue at Jantar Mantar, a short distance away from Parliament.

However, shrugging off Opposition criticism over land Ordinance promulgated by NDA Government, Modi on Tuesday said Centre will not be on backfoot on it as amendments to Land Acquisition Bill based on suggestions by Congress-ruled states.

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While addressing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs, Modi asked them to bust the "myths" propagated by Opposition on Land Bill.

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