BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra on Friday said it was after a consensus in 2013 that the Bill was brought by the then UPA government to do away with the existing British era law.

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"When a meeting was convened by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, then all the Chief Ministers and their representatives agreed that the consent clause should either be done away with or reduced to 50-40 percent,” Patra added
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Opposition  had even written to Gadkari stating that the social impact assessment should be left to the states to decide, Patra cited.

"What the BJP government has to do? In keeping with the right principles of federalism, this government said as far as the consent clause is concerned, social impact assessment is concerned, let the competent authority - the states take a decision. If the states want a particular project they can do away with the consent of the 40-50 percent because the states are the best judge. We empowered the states," the BJP spokesperson explained.

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Petra's comment came in the backdrop of severe opposition to the land Bill brought by the BJP government.

"This opposition is nothing but a public posturing to prove that the Land bill is anti-farmer and pro-corporates. They (parties opposed to the bill) don't fight in the closed door standing committee meeting. They are only fighting in the floor of Parliament when there are cameras," Patra told a program organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) here.

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