Food Security Bill in Lok Sabha today, Sonia makes rare speak

New DelhiCongress president Sonia Gandhi is likely to make a rare speech in Parliament if the government’s flagship Food Security Bill is discussed in the Lok Sabha today.The Bill was tabled in Parliament last week but has not been taken up for discussion due to repeated disruptions.

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In Tuesday, the opposition BJP targeted the government relentlessly on Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s alleged land deals in Haryana, preventing any discussion on the landmark law which aims to provide subsidised wheat and rice at between Rs. 2 and Rs. 3 per kilo to nearly 800 million people.

The BJP, however, is not opposed to the food law, despite its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s objections in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and asking for a Chief Ministers’ meeting over it.In his letter to the PM yesterday, Mr Modi said there were “key deficiencies” in the Bill, and states had to be given more say in deciding the eligibility criteria.The Samajwadi Party, which supports the minority United Progressive Alliance government from outside, is also opposed to the bill, calling it anti-farmer.