NEW DELHI, March 17 � In the first display of Opposition unity against the Modi government, leaders of 14 political parties led by Sonia Gandhi today marched from the Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan against amendments to the land acquisition Act and pledged to continue with their �do or die� battle, reports PTI.
A delegation of 26 leaders including former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda met President Pranab Mukherjee and urged him to protect the farmers� interests by impressing upon the Modi government �not to go ahead with the amendments in the Rajya Sabha� saying they were aimed at promoting �divisions and social disharmony�.
This is the first time Opposition parties have come together in such large numbers against the BJP-led government since the Lok Sabha election defeat last year.
�We have come together to oppose the Narendra Modi government�s amendments to the right of fair compensation and transparency in the Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Resettlement Act 2013.
�All the progressive, secular, democratic and forward looking forces are determined to defeat the Modi government�s design to promote divisions and social disharmony.
�We have come to the President to request him to intervene to protect the interest of our farmers and to impress upon the Modi government not to go ahead with the amendments in the Rajya Sabha. These are some of the reasons for which we have come here,� Gandhi told the media after the delegation met the President.