Prime Minister Narendra Modi bowed down to public pressure by stepping back on the land acquisition ordinance, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in Patna on Sunday.
"Modi had to go back on the land acquisition ordinance. He had to step back. This is the biggest victory for people," the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader said while addressing the Swabhiman rally organised by the JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress alliance at the Gandhi Maidan here.
Kumar also said that the PM "finally had to give in" as he did not get the support of the legislature or the people, states a NDTV report.
The rally was attended by thousands of people. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and RJD chief Lalu Prasad were also present at the rally.
Gandhi, who addressed the rally before the Bihar CM, called the government â€śanti-famerâ€ť and said, "It snatches land from farmers to divide it among its handful of rich cronies", the report adds.
Modi, during his radio address 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday, said his government would not re-promulgate the land acquisition ordinance, which lapses on Monday.
With inputs from IANS