Facing sustained onslaught for promulgating the land ordinance thrice in the past, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Sunday announced that it will not be promulgated for the fourth time.

"The government has given up its insistence on passing the Land Acquisition Bill, a move that we welcome. This is a victory of farmers and labourers," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said. "An environment of fear had been created in the minds of farmers by the Opposition which led them to think that some points in the bill were anti-India and anti-farmer and were only meant for industrialists," it added.

Even NDA constituents like the Shiv Sena and Akali Dal also opposed the bill, it said, adding that the Opposition parties were not the only ones against it.

"We openly opposed the bill as we did not want industrialists and government agencies to get a wholesale license to trade the fertile lands of farmers. Agriculture plays an important role in the development of the country. Ignoring farmers would mean deceiving the motherland," the ruling alliance partner said.

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