Raipur, June 28, 2013
Reacting to Chhattisgarh BJP incharge Jagat Prakash Nadda’s statement that no outsider has purchased state lands, Congress on Friday said Nadda had been prevaricating continuously in the recent past and his efforts to defend the government on sale of state lands to outsiders was the latest lie in his kitty.
“Nadda has rather lost credibility in the party due to this habit. The Congress once again advises Nadda to increase his general knowledge about Chhattisgarh before giving any statement,” said PCC spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi.
“The outsiders have purchased thousands of acres of land Chhattisgarh and the BJP and its government provided them full-support in doing so. Nadda can ask any independent agency to probe into these land deals to elicit facts,” he said.
“In Chhattisgarh, the BJP government forcibly acquired lands from farmers on the name of industrialisation. This government actually conspired to make the farmers landless and servants on their lands acquired by the industrialists,” he alleged.
“Everybody in state knows that home minister Nankiram Kanwar’s son was the key land broker for Videocon. He had purchased several acres of lands from tribals at low rate for the company. Similarly, relatives of one state minister got registered farmers’ lands illegally in Bhadoura (Bilaspur). The registry was also done on name of some outsiders,” he said.
“Nadda should not forget that the BJP government allotted Farsa block to Adani group whose owner is close to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Besides the state government allotted Bhatgaon coal blocks to Sancheti brothers who are close to former BJP president Nitin Gadkari. InKorba, the government gave 3000 acres land to BALCO at low rate, i.e. at Rs 200 per acre,” he pointed.
“In Durg, people from Haryana bought thousands of acres of land and developed farm houses. They also encroached farmers’ lands. They even killed people belonging to scheduled caste community from village Bhurki for opposing land encroachment,” he said.
He also lashed at Nadda for claiming that Chhattisgarh is a pollution-free state. “Before giving this certificate to his government, Nadda should tour industrial areas of thestate from Urla, Siltara (Raipur) to Korba, Bilaspur, etc,” he said.