"I read in newspapers that the Prime Minister said somewhere that UPA had kept 13 Acts out of the ambit of the land bill and we (NDA) are including these in the new bill... this is hundred percent wrong," senior Congress leader and former Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told reporters here.

The Prime Minister had not done any favour, he had only done what had been said in the law passed by Parliament in 2013, Jairam added.

"In politics there is a strategy that if you continue to tell a lie, there are chances that it would some day be taken as truth," Ramesh asserted.

The 2013 legislation clearly states that amendment in the 13 Acts was mandatory before December 31, 2014, so that compensation could be hiked four times and whichever party had come to power would have had to do the same he mentioned.

Elaborating, Ramesh said that the 2013 Act had a provision that land, if not acquired within five years of the deal, will be returned to farmers but in the latest format this time limit has been extended to an indefinite period.

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