Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh sought to downplay the opposition to the bill, saying "any organisation be it related to our party or others are not saying that the 2013 law is the ultimate.”
"This is not their contention. They are saying that we have also some suggestions in the interest of farmers. They should be incorporated," he said.
Singh, who was in Congress when the 2013 land law was passed, alleged the UPA government had brought the legislation a few months before Lok Sabha elections to "garner votes".
"If any suggestion comes in relation to any clause, we are ready to consider it in farmers' interest.... There is no such rigidity on our part that we are not willing accept if there is anything good," Singh said when asked about the demands to restore consent clause and Social Impact Assessment
Singh's remarks came in the backdrop of at least three NDA allies and four RSS affiliated organisations voicing concern over removal of consent clause and social impact assessment (SIA) provisions from the bill.

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