"This government is in a hurry to pass this bill... It will not happen so easily. If we are not able to stop it here (in Parliament), we will hit the streets against it outside," the Congress Vice President said in Lok Sabha during a debate on the land bill.
     
He drew a parallel between a daylight robbery and the proposed law, saying an economist had told him that thieves wearing suits now strike during daylight.
     
Rahul's repeated jibes at the Modi government invited running protests from the treasury benches.
     
Hitting out at the bill, he termed it as an attempt by the government to acquire land, whose price has been rising, for industrialist "friends" and crony capitalists.
     
"This government wants to give land to crony capitalists and its industrialist friends because it's a 'suit-buit ki sarkar'," he said.
     
Rejecting the government's stand that the new law was needed for faster development, Rahul quoted an RTI reply, saying it has shown that only 8 percent of projects have been hampered due to non-availability of land.
     
He said there is no dearth of land for development purposes as 40 percent of land in the SEZ was lying unutilised but the NDA government was hell-bent on taking the land of only the farmers.
     
Terming the government as anti-farmer and anti-poor, Rahul said it does not want to acquire land in Bundelkhand or in the deserts of Rajasthan but those near big cities like Noida, Gurgaon and Pune to make money as their prices have been rising.
     
"Gold lies beneath your feet. These people want to snatch it," he said amid cheers from Congress benches.
     
He said, "It took the UPA government two years to bring the land acquisition law but the NDA government killed it within days of coming to power. The first blow with an axe was right at its (bill) throat when the government decided to remove the consent clause.”
     
"When the body had fallen, then it dealt a second blow of the axe. You said there should be no social impact assessment," he said.

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